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Chemistry at Dartford Science & Technology College

Course description

In this A level course you will take the foundational topics of Chemistry GCSE and study them in further depth. Topics will include thermodynamics, rate equations, aromatic chemistry and protein synthesis. You will also have the opportunity to further develop your practical skills and learn how to problem solve and interpret data. This course will teach you problem solving, teamwork, numeracy, communication and practical skills, as well as hugely valuable independent study and reasoning skills.

Course content

The course is divided in three parts. Physical Chemistry which will include: Atomic structure Amount of substance Bonding Energetics Kinetics Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc Oxidation, reduction and redox Thermodynamics Rate equations Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells Acids and bases Inorganic Chemistry which will include: Periodicity The alkaline earth metals Halogens Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides Transition metals Reactions of ions in aqueous solution Organic Chemistry which will include: Introduction to organic chemistry Alkanes Halogenoalkanes Alkenes Alcohols Organic analysis Optical isomerism Aldehydes and ketones Carboxylic acids and derivatives Aromatic chemistry Amines Polymers Amino acids, proteins and DNA Organic synthesis Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy Chromatography

Entry requirements

Grade 7 – 7 to 9 -9 in Combined Science Or Grade 6- 6 -6 to 9 -9 -9 in Separate Sciences (Biology- Chemistry- Physics). Also, Grade 5 – 9 for English and Maths. Overall, at least 20% of the marks in assessments for chemistry will require the use of mathematical skills. These skills will be applied in the context of chemistry and will be at least the standard of higher tier GCSE Mathematics

Assessment

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all the A-level exams at the end of their A-level course, in year 13.

Future opportunities

Chemistry helps you to understand the world in which we live and underpins a wide range of science-based degree courses and careers. If you wanted to go into a career in any form of medicine including doctor or veterinarian then you will find A-level chemistry compulsory, however there are many subjects and careers where this is the case, as well as there being many options where an A-level chemistry qualification is desirable. Having an A-level in chemistry is a very desirable trait and is a highly respected qualification to have in academic circles. Possible career and course options available to you and your A-level chemistry qualification include: medicine, pharmacy, veterinary science, chemistry, biochemistry, food science/nutrition, forensic science, biological/engineering careers, optical management, optometry, microbiology, natural sciences, pharmacology, software engineering and physiology, and these all require A-level chemistry as essential (unless other qualifications are offered). Careers and courses that find chemistry desirable include food technology, nursing, physiotherapy, radiography, paramedical courses, law and zoology

Further information

In this A level course you will take the foundational topics of Chemistry GCSE and study them in further depth. Topics will include thermodynamics, rate equations, aromatic chemistry and protein synthesis. You will also have the opportunity to further develop your practical skills and learn how to problem solve and interpret data. This course will teach you problem solving, teamwork, numeracy, communication and practical skills, as well as hugely valuable independent study and reasoning skills.

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: 02 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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