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Chemistry A Level at Kensington Aldridge Academy

Course description

A-level Chemistry attempts to answer the big question ‘what is the world made of’ and it’s 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 lasts one year, with exams at the end. A-level Chemistry lasts two years, with exams at the end of the second year. The table below shows what you’ll learn in each year.

AS and first year of A-level

Second year of A-level

Physical chemistry Including atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics, chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s principle.

Inorganic chemistry Including periodicity, Group 2 the alkaline earth metals, Group 7(17) the halogens.

Organic chemistry Including introduction to organic chemistry, alkanes, halogenoalkanes, alkenes, alcohols, organic analysis.

Physical chemistry Including thermodynamics, rate equations, the equilibrium constant Kp, electrode potentials and electrochemical cells.

Inorganic chemistry Including properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides, transition metals, reactions of ions in aqueous solution.

Organic chemistry Including optical isomerism, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, aromatic chemistry, amines, polymers, amino acids, proteins and DNA, organic synthesis, NMR spectroscopy, chromatography.


Entry requirements

6 A* - C grades at GCSE plus a grade 5 or above in both English (Lit and / or Lang) and Maths.
Science: Triple Award = A or above in science to be studied; Dual Award = AA



There is no coursework on this course. However, your performance during practicals will be assessed.

There are three exams at the end of the two years for A-level, all of which are two hours long. At least 15% of the marks for A-level Chemistry are based on what you learned in your practicals. The AS has two exams at the end of the year. Both are 1 hour 30 minutes long.

Future opportunities

Studying an A-level Chemistry related degree at university gives you all sorts of exciting career options, including: analytical chemist, chemical engineer, pharmacologist, doctor, research scientist, toxicologist, chartered certified accountant, environmental consultant. The opportunities are endless.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 November 2016
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