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Chemistry A-Level at Churchill Academy and Sixth Form

Course description

Chemistry is both a fascinating and challenging science course that contains a good balance of practical work and theory.

Students enjoy the greater range of practical work at A Level, under the three main areas:

  • Organic chemistry
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Physical chemistry

Chemistry helps students to develop a wide range of skills such as practical work, report writing, calculations and theory work. Students with a good grade at Chemistry A Level are well respected by universities. Chemistry is recognised as a challenging and demanding course that requires hard-work, self-motivation and good study skills.

Course content

Topics/areas covered:

In Year 12, you will study 3 units:

Organic Chemistry 1

  • Introduction to organic chemistry, Alkanes, Alkenes, Alcohols and Organic analysis.

Physical Chemistry 1

  • Atomic structure, Amount of substance, Bonding, Energetics, Kinetics, Oxidation, reduction and redox equations.

Inorganic Chemistry 1

  • Periodicity, Group 2, the alkaline earth metals, Group 7 and the halogens.

In Year 13, you will study 3 units:

Organic Chemistry 2

  • Optimal isomerism, Aldehydes and ketones, Carboxylic acids and derivatives, Acylation, Aromatic chemistry, Amines, Polymers, Amino acids, proteins and DNA, Organic synthesis and NMR.

Physical Chemistry 2

  • Thermodynamics, Rate equations, Equilibria, Electrode potentials, Acids and bases.

Inorganic Chemistry 2

  • Properties of period 3 elements and their oxides, Transition metals, Reactions of ions in aqueous solutions.

Entry requirements

5 A* - C at GCSE

B&B grade in GCSE Science or BBB in triple Science

(B grade in GCSE Maths is desirable)

Skills required:

  • Logical and analytical thinking
  • Investigative and problem solving
  • Self motivation and organisation

Future opportunities

There are many options available to students after studying Chemistry A Level. Chemistry complements any science related degree or job; it is also essential for many degrees such as further chemistry, biochemistry, medicine or veterinary science, chemical engineering, environmental science, drug design and synthesis, pharmacy, material science, and many more. Chemistry graduates are also highly valued in the world of finance and commerce.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Churchill Academy and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years