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Chemistry A Level (AQA) (Block B) at The Folkestone Academy

Course description

By taking this course you’ll get a real in-depth knowledge of this fascinating subject, preparing you for further education or giving you the credentials to enhance your job options straight away. Chemists have greatly improved the quality of life for the majority of people.

Chemists are real innovators, designing solutions to the problems that affect modern life.

The first unit covers aspects of physical chemistry, including atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s principle, oxidation, reduction and redox equations, thermodynamics, equilibrium constant for homogeneous systems, electrode potentials and electrochemical cells, and acids and bases. It also covers inorganic chemistry, including periodicity, Group 2: the alkaline earth metals, Group 7: the halogens, properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides, transition metals, and reactions of ions in aqueous solution.

The second unit covers more aspects of physical chemistry including  some of those from the first unit alongside rate equations. It also covers organic chemistry, including alkanes, halogenoalkanes, alkenes, alcohols, organic analysis, optical isomerism, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, aromatic chemistry, amines, polymers, amino acids, proteins and DNA, organic synthesis, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and chromatography.

This course will also help you develop a number of skills, for example, how to assemble data and assess it; how to investigate facts and use deduction; how to put over your point of view fluently; how to work as a team to achieve results.


Course content

The course consists of three units:

Unit 1 - Physical chemistry topics, inorganic chemistry & relevant practical skills

Unit 2 - Physical chemistry topics, organic chemistry & relevant practical skills

Unit 3 - Content from units 1 & 2 assessed through questions on practical techniques and data analysis

Entry requirements

GCSE at Grade 6+ in Core and Additional Science well at 5+ in GCSE English and GCSE Maths.


Written examination (2 h) – externally assessed (35%)

Written examination (2 h) – externally assessed (35%)

Written examination (2 h) – externally assessed (30%)

Future opportunities

Chemistry is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, nursing, biochemistry, dentistry or forensic science. It will also equip you for a career in industry, for example in the petrochemical or pharmaceutical industries.

Further information

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 November 2017
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