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Chemistry at Elliott Hudson College

Course description

Chemistry is concerned with the science of matter, particularly its structure, properties and reactions. Chemistry is of central importance to the sciences as a whole as the chemical reactions that it governs are fundamental to all of science.

Course content


3.1 Physical chemistry; Atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics, chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s principle. Thermodynamics, rate equations, equilibrium constant for homogeneous systems, electrode potentials and electrochemical cells.

3.2 Inorganic chemistry: Periodicity, Group 2 and Group 7. Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides, transition metals, reactions of ions in aqueous solutions.

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

Entry requirements

Attain 5 or more standard GCSE passes (grade 4 or higher). Achieve a grade 6 in combined GCSE Science or GCSE Chemistry.


Students will sit three two-hour written exam papers. The content, assessment and questions differ for these papers; please see the information below for more detail.

Paper 1

• Written exam: 2 hours

• 105 marks - a mixture of short and long answer questions

• 35% of A Level

Paper 2

• Written exam: 2 hours

• 105 marks - a mixture of short and long answer questions

• 35% of A Level

Paper 3

• Written exam: 2 hours

• 90 marks: 40 marks - structured questions, including practical techniques; 20 marks - testing across the specification; 30 marks - multiple choice questions

• 30% of A Level

Financial information

Elliott Hudson College will not charge fees for tuition or examination entry (except for re-sits, where attendance is unsatisfactory or coursework is incomplete). There are no charges for course materials, although students are expected to provide their own stationery and any specialist clothing /equipment. Course books may be bought from subject teachers however subjects will also loan textbooks to students in return for a deposit. In the case of field trips, a contribution from the student to cover board and lodging, but excluding tuition and travel, will be expected. Some optional activities (e.g. enrichment, theatre trips, exchange visits, etc.) may have an associated cost; this will be notified in advance of the event.

Some applicants might not be supported by government funding for education (e.g. non-UK or EU passport holders recently arrived in the area): in these cases we do reserve the right to charge full fees for the course.

If your family is on a low income or you encounter any financial difficulties in special circumstances, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the college’s Student Bursary Fund.

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 participants for a career in industry, for example in the petrochemical or pharmaceutical industries.

Further information

Detailed information about Elliott Hudson College can be found on the college’s website


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: 21 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September