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Chemistry A Level at Southam College

Course description

Module 1 - Development of practical skills in Chemistry Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation

Module 2 - Foundations in Chemistry Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations, amount of substance, acid - base and redox reactions, electrons, bonding and structure

Module 3 - Periodic table and energy Periodic table, Group 2 and halogens, qualitative analysis, enthalpy changes, reaction rates and equilibrium

Module 4 - Core organic Chemistry Basic concepts, hydrocarbons, alcohols and halo - alkanes, organic synthesis, analytical techniques (IR MS) Module 5 - Physical Chemistry and transition element Reaction rates and equilibria, PH and buffers, enthalpy, entropy and free energy, redox and electrode potentials, transition Module 6 - Organic Chemistry and analysis Aromatic compounds, carbonyl compounds, carboxylic acids and esters, nitrogen compounds, polymers, organic synthesis, chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR)

Course content

The course is designed so that essential chemical ideas are developed from practical work. During the course students will:


discover that learning chemistry is an enjoyable and rewarding activity

carry out many experiments and interpret their results

use and develop powers of critical and imaginative thinking about chemical problems

discover that chemistry makes sense because there are unifying ideas linking together a wide range of facts including the periodic table, ideas of structure and bonding, equilibrium and rates of reactions


Entry requirements

Separate Science. Students must have a grade 7 in the Science they wish to study with at least a 6 in the others. Students must have a 6 in Mathematics.

Combined Science. Students must have an 7 in both Core and Additional Science with at least a 6 in Mathematics.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 52 Weeks - 104 Weeks