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Chemistry A Level at The Thomas Hardye School

Course description

Chemistry is a rigorous, challenging and ultimately rewarding course that develops students’ scientific skills and knowledge. The course subject content is relevant to real world experiences and will show students the value of chemistry to society and how it may be used responsibly in social, economic, environmental and technological applications. Students will develop their skills in laboratory procedures and techniques and assess the uses and limitations of these procedures. Chemistry will foster imagination and critical thinking as well as the acquisition of knowledge and intellectual discipline. It is recommended that students study maths alongside chemistry.

Course content


The skills studied during this chemistry qualification (logical thinking, communication, creativity, analysis, data handling and observation skills) are highly desirable to employers in all sorts of sectors. Students will study physical, inorganic and organic chemistry. Some examples of topics include: atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics and equilibria (physical), periodicity and group chemistry (inorganic) and isomerism, alkanes, alkenes, alcohols, mechanisms and organic synthesis (organic). There will also be six required practical assignments to complete.


In the second year further topics in physical, inorganic and organic chemistry will be studied. Some examples of topics include: thermodynamics, rate equations, equilibrium constants, electrode potentials, acids and bases (physical), transition metals, reactions of ions in aqueous solutions (inorganic) and aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, aromatic chemistry, amines, polymers, amino acids, organic synthesis, NMR and chromatography (organic). There will also be a further six required practical assignments to complete. 


There are three exams, each 2 hours long. Paper 1 is 35% and covers inorganic and physical chemistry. Paper 2 is 35% and covers organic and physical chemistry. Paper 3, worth 30% covers synoptic and practical skills. Required practical endorsement – internal assessment of all 12 required practical assignments.

Future opportunities

Possible careers include nanotechnology, environmental science, sustainability, product development, forensics, drug discovery, biotechnology, marine chemistry, sales and marketing, consultancy, central and local government, business and finance, law, publishing, journalism and information technology. Chemistry is an essential course for medicine.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Thomas Hardye School directly.

Last updated date: 06 December 2017
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