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Chemistry A Level at St Ivo School

Course description

This course will appeal to all students who wish to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of our material universe. It deals with the way in which the principles of chemistry are applied in everyday life. Experiments play an important role and the course is well supported by textbooks, student worksheets and online resources.

Course content

By the end of the course students will gain a deeper understanding of chemistry and develop experimental and investigation skills, research, problem solving, group and individual work skills. In Year 12 students will learn about atomic structure and bonding, organic chemistry, chemical calculations, energetic, kinetics, equilibria and redox reactions. In addition students will be introduced to analytical techniques such as mass spectrometry, infra-red spectroscopy, DNA bonding and chromatography. At A level, students will also study further organic chemistry, incorporating many organic mechanisms, reaction conditions and isomerism. They will further develop their knowledge of analytical techniques and learn how to use infra-red, nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectra to identify organic compounds. They will be introduced to use of organic compounds in medicines and will synthesise compounds and materials used in everyday life. They will learn about thermodynamics and redox equilibria, and will study transition metal chemistry.

Entry requirements

Entry to St Ivo Sixth Form is dependent on attitude to learning and behaviour as well as examination performance. This is set out in a separate document called “Sixth Form Entry Requirements” which is available on the school website. Some subjects will also have subject specific requirements.

Future opportunities

Recently, former students have gone on to study Pharmacy, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Material Engineering.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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    • St Ivo School is situated in the town of St Ives. The sixth form offers nearly 40 subjects at a variety of levels and produces excellent exam results leading to students achieving their higher education and employment outcomes.