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AQA A Level Chemistry at Archbishop Ilsley Catholic Technology College and Sixth Form Centre

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

The main areas of the subject they will study at a level are:

Physical chemistry Including atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics, chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s principle, thermodynamics, rate equations, the equilibrium constant Kp, electrode potentials and electrochemical cells.

Inorganic chemistry Including periodicity, Group 2 the alkaline earth metals, Group 7 the halogens, properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides, transition metals, reactions of ions in aqueous solution.

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

5 A*-C Grades at GCSE (with minimum Grade 4 Maths and English)

Minimum B Grade in Core and/or Additional Science




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.


Future opportunities

A very highly regarded course for all universities, weather you choose to study science or other subjects at degree level. Studying an A-level Chemistry related degree at university gives you all sorts of exciting career options, including; Analytical chemist, Chemical engineer, Clinical biochemist, Pharmacologist, Doctor, Research scientist (physical sciences), Toxicologist, Chartered certified accountant, Environmental consultant, Higher education lecturer, Patent attorney, Science writer, Secondary school teacher.


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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Ilsley Catholic Technology College and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 10 November 2016
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    • Contact name:
    • Mr A. Bruton
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 0121 706 4200
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