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Chemistry A Level at Finham Park School

Course description

Chemistry is often called ‘the central science’ as its application can be used in its own right, or across a range of related scientific disciplines. Chemistry is a vibrant and exciting subject. It is involved in everything around us - from the making of new materials to understanding biological systems, from the food we eat to the medicines which keep us healthy, and from the quality of the water we drink to keeping the air we breathe pure.

Course content

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry
Practical skills assessed in a written examination.
Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement.

Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry
Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations,
Amount of substance, Acid–base and redox
reactions, Electrons, bonding and structure.

Module 3 – Periodic table and energy
The periodic table and periodicity, Group 2 and the
halogens, Qualitative analysis, Enthalpy changes,
Reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative).

Module 4 – Core organic chemistry
Basic concepts, Hydrocarbons, Alcohols and
haloalkanes, Organic synthesis, Analytical techniques
(IR and MS).

Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition
Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative), pH and
buffers, Enthalpy, entropy and free energy, Redox and
electrode potentials, Transition elements.

Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis
Aromatic compounds, Carbonyl compounds,
Carboxylic acids and esters, Nitrogen compounds,
Polymers, Organic synthesis, Chromatography and
spectroscopy (NMR).

Entry requirements

GCSE 5 Grades 9 to 4 including English at Grade 5 and Mathematics at Grade 7. Grade 7-6 required if combined science is taken at GCSE. Grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry required if you have done separate science.


Linear A-Level:
There are 3 exams totalling 6 hours of exam assessment. Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (2 hours 15 minutes) assesses content from Modules 1,2,3 and 5. Synthesis and analytical techniques (2 hours 15 minutes) assesses content from
1,2,4 and 6, and unified chemistry (1 hour 30 minutes) assesses content from all modules 1-6. Within A-Level Chemistry, 20% of the marks available within written examinations will be for assessment of mathematics.

Future opportunities

The A-Level Chemistry course will prepare you for progression to undergraduate study, enabling you to enter a range of academic and vocational careers in the chemical, pharmaceutical, materials, food and drink, utility, healthcare, aerospace, automotive, information technology and telecommunications industries. The chemical and allied industries - fuels, pharmaceuticals, fragrances - are the most important manufacturing
industries to the UK economy. The industries employ large numbers of chemists in research, development, sales, marketing and management.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 November 2017
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