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Chemistry: A level linear, NO AS qualification at St Richard Reynolds Catholic College

Course description

What is it about?

A level Chemistry is a rigourous, rewarding course that builds on the concepts and skills developed at GCSE. It is a stepping stone to future study which will allow you to develop skills that universities want to see.

Chemistry is fundamentally an experimental subject and there will be numerous opportunities for you to use practical experiences in order to link theory to reality.

Who does it suit?

If you are thinking about studying medicine or pharmacy the Chemistry course will provide you with the groundwork for further study in those fields.


Course content

In the first year you will study:
Physical Chemistry: Atomic Structure, Amounts of Substance, Bonding, Energetics, Kinetics, Equilibria, Oxidation and Reduction, Thermodynamics, Rate Equations, Equilibrium constant, Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells, Acids and Bases

In the second year you will study:
Inorganic Chemistry: Periodicity, Group 2, Group 7, Period 3 elements and their oxides, Transition metals, Reactions of ions in aqueous solution
Organic Chemistry: Alkanes, Halogenoalkanes, Alcohols, Organic Analysis, Optical Isomerism, Aldehydes and Ketones, Aromatic Chemistry, Amines, Polymers, Amino Acids, Proteins and DNA, Nuclear magnet resonance, Chromatography

In addition to timetabled lessons, this subject requires 5 hours of private study per week.



Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSE grade 5 - 9 including English Language and Mathematics

Subject specific:
Grade 6 GCSE Chemistry minimum


Module 1:
What's assessed?

Relevant Physical Chemistry topics
Inorganic Chemistry
Relevant practical skills

2 hours

% of A level?
35% of A level

Module 2:
What's assessed:

Relevant Physical Chemistry topics
Organic Chemistry
Relevant practical skills

2 hours

% of A level?
35% of A level

Module 3:
What's assessed?

Any content
Any practical skills

2 hours

% of A level?
30% of A level


Future opportunities

Health and clinical professions, including medicine, veterinary science, nursing, dentistry and forensic science. 

Studying Chemistry will also prepare students for industry careers, such as those within the pharmaceutical or petrochemical sectors.

Further information

Students will have opportunities to visit universities and to attend A level conferences.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 13 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Ms Joanna Mason
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 020 8325 4630
    • Email address: