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Chemistry AS/A level at Langley Park School for Girls

Course description

The AQA Chemistry course is designed to bring Chemistry to life and provides a stimulating and worthwhile range of experiences which will engage your interest, motivate you to the study of Chemistry and encourage you to:

  • develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
  • develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
  • develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills
  • develop your interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject
  • understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society
  • develop your interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject

Course content

The course is divided into three units, each covering different key concepts of chemistry:

Unit 1 – Physical Chemistry

  • Atomic structure
  • Amount of substance
  •     Bonding
  •     Energetics
  •     Kinetics
  •     Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc
  •     Oxidation, reduction and redox equations
  •     Thermodynamics (A-level only)
  •     Rate equations (A-level only)
  •     Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems (A-level only)
  •     Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells (A-level only)
  •     Acids and bases (A-level only)

Unit 2 – Inorganic Chemistry

  •      Periodicity
  •  Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
  •      Group 7(17), the halogens
  •  Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides (A-level only)
  •  Transition metals (A-level only)
  •  Reactions of ions in aqueous solution (A-level only)

Unit 3 – Organic Chemistry

  •  Introduction to organic chemistry
  •      Alkanes
  •      Halogenoalkanes
  •      Alkenes
  •     Alcohols
  •  Organic analysis
  •  Optical isomerism (A-level only)
  •  Aldehydes and ketones (A-level only)
  •  Carboxylic acids and derivatives (A-level only)
  •  Aromatic chemistry (A-level only)
  •  Amines (A-level only)
  •  Polymers (A-level only)
  •  Amino acids, proteins and DNA (A-level only)
  •  Organic synthesis (A-level only)
  •  Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (A-level only)
  •  Chromatography (A-level only)

Chemistry is a practical subject and the development of practical skills is fundamental to understanding the nature of Chemistry. Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics and they are assessed both through written papers and, for A level only, the Practical Endorsement. Learners will have the opportunity to develop the fundamental skills needed to collect and analyse empirical data. Skills in planning, implementing, analysing and evaluating will be assessed in the written papers

Entry requirements

  • 6 in Chemistry GCSE or 6 in Science GCSE and 6 in all Chemistry papers
  • 6 in Mathematics GCSE

Skills required:

  • . Solving problems using concepts
  •   Solving problems using mathematical techniques
  •   Using practical techniques to investigate the behaviour of materials
  •   Looking for and using patterns in the behaviour of substances
  •   Studying the applications of chemistry in selected fields, together with      their social and economic aspects

 

Assessment

The A Level is assessed through three written examinations at the end of the two year course. The examination papers will include multiple choice questions, short answer question styles (structured questions, problem solving, calculations, practical techniques and data analysis) and extended response questions. Stretch and challenge questions will support the awarding of the A* grade at A level. All three written examinations contain some synoptic assessment.

Future opportunities

Chemistry is an essential subject for many degree courses including Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy, Nutrition, Food Science, Metallurgy, Materials Science, Agriculture and Chemical Engineering. Study of Chemistry at A Level can also lead to a wide variety of degree courses and careers, not necessarily involving further study of science.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Langley Park School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2017
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