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A Level Chemistry at Garth Hill College

Course description

Content of the AS course

Unit 1: Foundation chemistry

  •  The structure of the atom
  •  Amount of a substance
  •  Bonding
  •  Periodicity
  •  Introduction to organic chemistry
  •  Alkanes

Unit 2: Chemistry in action

  •  Energetics
  •  Kinetics
  •  Equilibria
  •  Redox Reactions
  •  Halogens
  •  Extraction of metals
  •  Alkenes
  •  Haloalkanes
  •  Alcohols
  •  Analytical techniques

Unit 3: Practical examination
Practical work will be internally assessed through Practical Skills Assessments (5% of AS grade, six short practicals assessed in class) and an Investigative Skills Assessment (15% of AS grade, practical and written test, internally assessed). They will cover:

  •  Planning
  •  Implementing
  •  Analysing evidence and drawing conclusions
  •  Evaluating evidence and procedures

Content of the A2 course

Unit 4: Kinetics, equilibria and organic chemistry

  •  Kinetics
  •  Equilibria
  •  Acids and Bases
  •  Nomenclature and isomerism in organic chemistry
  •  Carbonyl compounds
  •  Aromatic Chemistry
  •  Amines
  •  Amino acids
  •  Polymers
  •  Organic Synthesis and analysis
  •  Structure determination

Unit 5: Energetics, redox and inorganic chemistry

  •  Thermodynamics
  •  Periodicity
  •  Redox Equilibria
  •  Transition Metals
  •  Reactions of inorganic compounds

Unit 6: Practical examination.
The practical investigation is in the same format as for AS.

Entry requirements

A2 or AS Chemistry builds on the knowledge, understanding and process skills you will have developed in GCSE Science. So it is expected that you will have achieved at least GCSE grade B in Science and Additional Science although a minimum of two As is preferred. If you have studied Triple Science, then a grade B in Chemistry is required. The qualification integrates theory and relevant practical work. You need to be able to communicate effectively, research and think critically about chemical and scientific issues and problems. You must also be fairly competent at solving numerical problems.

A-Level Chemistry (AQA)
Students will study for an AS qualification in Chemistry with the exam board AQA in their first year. Students attend 9 periods of Chemistry a fortnight. Lessons draw upon a variety of resources including discussions, practical work, use of IT (such as data logging and research), and problem solving exercises.

After the first year, students have the option of continuing onto A2 Chemistry or being certified with an AS Level in chemistry


The AS course is assessed as follows:
Two unit examinations totalling 80% of AS grade. Practical work, assessed through the year, 20% of grade.

The A2 course is assessed as follows:
AS exams count for 50% of final grade Two unit exams totalling 40% of final grade Practical examinations 10% of final grade

Future opportunities

  •  You're interested in and enjoy Chemistry.
  •  You enjoy solving practical problems.
  •  You enjoy carrying out investigations by the application of imaginative, logical thinking.
  •  You want to use chemistry to support other qualifications or progress onto further studies.
  • Medicine, Pharmacy
  • Veterinary Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Dentistry Education
  • Forensic Science
  • Sports Science Engineering
  • Biomedical Science
  • Research Science

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Garth Hill College directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years


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