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AS & A Level Chemistry at Cleeve Park School

Course description

AS & A Level Chemistry attempts to answer the big question ‘what is the world made of’ and it’s the search for this answer that makes this subject so fascinating. From investigating how one substance can be changed drastically into another, to researching a new wonder drug to save millions of lives, the opportunities that chemistry provides are endless.

Studying an A-level Chemistry related degree at university gives you all sorts of exciting career options, including:

• Analytical chemist

• Chemical engineer

• Clinical biochemist

• Pharmacologist

• Doctor

• Research scientist (physical sciences)

• Toxicologist

• Chartered certified accountant

• Environmental consultant

• Higher education lecturer

• Patent attorney

• Science writer

• Secondary school teacher.

Course content

AS: topics of study include:

Physical chemistry: atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics, chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s principle.

Inorganic chemistry: periodicity, Group 2 the alkaline earth metals, Group 7(17) the halogens.

Organic chemistry: introduction to organic chemistry, alkanes, halogenoalkanes, alkenes, alcohols, organic analysis.

A Level: topics of study include:

Physical chemistry: atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics, chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s principle, thermodynamics, rate equations, the equilibrium constant Kp, electrode potentials and electrochemical cells.

Inorganic chemistry: periodicity, Group 2 the alkaline earth metals, Group 7(17) the halogens, properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides, transition metals, reactions of ions in aqueous solution.

Organic chemistry: introduction to organic chemistry, alkanes, halogenoalkanes, alkenes, alcohols, organic analysis. Including optical isomerism, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, aromatic chemistry, amines, polymers, amino acids, proteins and DNA, organic synthesis, NMR spectroscopy, chromatography.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in both Core and Additional Science GCSE

Assessment

TBA

Further information

Chemistry, like all sciences, is a practical subject. Throughout the course you will carry out practical activities including:

• measuring energy changes in chemical reactions

• tests for identifying different types of compound

• different methods for measuring rates of reaction

• studying electrochemical cells

• preparation of organic solids and liquids

• an advanced form of chromatography for more accurate results.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cleeve Park School directly.

Last updated date: 26 November 2015
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