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Chemistry A Level at St Edward's Church of England School & Sixth Form College

Course description

You will stimulate and sustain your interest in, and enjoyment of chemistry. You will also gain greater knowledge and understanding of chemistry and to appreciate the inter-linking patterns present in the subject. The course shows the relevant application and value of chemistry to society and how it may be used responsibly. You will have the opportunity to develop your skills in laboratory procedures and techniques and develop your ability to acquire knowledge by means of practical work.

 

Course content

The course also provides opportunities for you to bring together knowledge of how different areas of chemistry relate to each other. The topics covered include:

Physical
- Atomic structure
- Amount of substance
- Bonding
- Energetics & Thermodynamics
- Kinetics and rate equations
- Chemical Equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and the equilibrium constant
- Redox, electrode potentials and electrochemical cells
- Acids and Bases

Inorganic
- Periodicity
- Group 2 (Alkaline Earth Metals)
- Group 7 (Halogens)
- Period 3 elements
- Transition metals
- Reactions of ions in aqueous solutions

Organic
- Naming organic compounds
- Alkanes
- Halogenoalkanes
- Alkenes
- Alcohols
- Organic Analysis
- Optical isomerism
- Aldehydes & Ketones
- Carboxylic acids and derivatives
- Aromatic Chemistry
- Amines
- Polymers
- Amino Acids, proteins and DNA
- Organic Synthesis
- NMR & Chromatography

Entry requirements

It is expected that students will have achieved a GCSE grade B or above in both Core and Additional Science or grade B in Chemistry. During the course, students will be expected to handle and interpret data so it is also expected that students will have achieved a GCSE grade 6 in Mathematics.

Assessment

All assessments for the examinations starting after 2015 will be by examination

AS Level
Paper 1: Assessed on any content from Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, including relevant practical skills. (50% of AS level)
Paper 2: Assessed on any content from Organic and Physical Chemistry, including relevant practical skills. (50% of AS level)

A-Level
Paper 1: Assessed on any content from Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, including relevant practical skills. (35% of A-Level)
Paper 2: Assessed on any content from Organic and Physical Chemistry, including relevant practical skills. (35% of A-Level)
Paper 3: Assessed on practical skills from all topics. (30% of A-Level)

Future opportunities

A-Level Chemistry teaches a wide variety of skills which can be applied to many scientific and non-scientific fields. Typically, after A-Level Chemistry students go on to further study and careers in Medicine and other health professions, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Science, Biomedical Sciences, Sports Science, Pharmacy, Biotechnology, Law and much more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Edward's Church of England School & Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2017
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  • Start date: Next September

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