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Chemistry A Level at Blyth Academy

Course description

A Level Chemistry goes into much more detail than GCSE. It attempts to answer the big question ‘what is the world made of’ and it is 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.

Course content

AS Chemistry is a linear course and has two final year examinations. The areas of study are listed below. As well as these areas, Chemistry, like all sciences, is a practical subject. Throughout the course you will carry out practical activities.

Unit 1: Physical Chemistry, topics covered. Atomic structure, Amount of substance, Bonding, Energetics, Kinetics, Chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier's principle, Oxidation, reduction and redox equations

Unit 2: Inorganic Chemistry, topics covered. Periodicity, Group 2, the alkaline earth metals, Group 7(17), the halogens.

Unit 3: Organic Chemistry, topics covered. Introduction to Organic Chemistry, Alkanes, Halogenoalkanes, Alkenes, Alcohols, Organic analysis.

No details for A Level Year.

Entry requirements

Students are required to achieve a B in Science, B in Maths and a C in English.


2 x written examinations, 1 hour 30 minutes each one, giving 80 marks for each paper. Each paper equating to 50% of the AS qualification.

Future opportunities

Chemistry has been called the central, useful and creaƟve Science ‐ central because it underpins many other disciplines such as Biology, Environmental Science and Materials Science. It is also a prerequisite for Medicine and Veterinary Science. As well as, Pharmaceuticals, Oceanography, Sortware Design, Space Exploration, Forensic Science and Biotechnology to name but a few.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Blyth Academy directly.

Last updated date: 10 June 2015

Key information

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