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Chemistry AS/A2 Level at Netherthorpe School

Course description

The aims of the AS and A Level Chemistry course are to develop:

Interest and enthusiasm for Chemistry including developing an interest in further study and careers in Chemistry.

Independent learning

Practical and Analytical skills

 An understanding of the contributions science makes to society and the economy

An essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of Chemistry and how different areas relate to each other.

An understanding of ‘How science works

The AS modules will all be studied in Year 12.

Course content

Unit 1 Atomic structure, mole calculations, bonding, periodicity,

introductions to organic chemistry, bond strengths.

Unit 2 Halogens, redox reactions, half equations, organic reactions.

Units 4&5 Organic synthesis, mechanisms and analysis, amines and their

derivatives, redox equilibria, thermodynamics, electrode potentials.

Unit 6 Internal assessment of practical skills (10% of the A Level). 

Entry requirements

The most important attributes are an interest and enthusiasm for Chemistry.

In addition, the minimum entry requirements are that students are expected to have achieved two grade B’s in GCSE Science (core), Separate Sciences (including Physics) or Additional Science (Students with Applied or Additional Applied Science qualifications should consider choosing an Applied Science GCE).

Students should also have achieved a minimum higher grade B pass in Mathematics due to the mathematical nature of the subject.


Exams on the above units.

Future opportunities

The course leads to a greater understanding of Chemistry. For many students it will lead into further education in areas such as Chemistry, Biology, Medicine and engineering. Career prospects are excellent in such fields.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Netherthorpe School directly.

Last updated date: 02 June 2015

Key information

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