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Chemistry AS level at Our Lady's Convent Roman Catholic High School

Course description

A course with both theoretical and practical aspects, details for the topics are shown below. Modules 1-4 common to AS and A Level, modules 5 and 6 only taken as part of the full A Level in chemistry.

Course content

Module 1: Development of practical skills in chemistry 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 – periodicity, group 2 and 7, 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).

Entry requirements

Your course choices will be personal to you, so it is difficult to specify general entry requirements. Whatever courses you choose, the most important requirements are: • an enthusiastic and positive approach to your studies • a commitment to being part of Our Lady’s community and meeting the high expectations we have of our students • full time attendance and punctuality Each course has its own entry requirements and so it is important that you check the course details carefully. If you haven’t got a Grade 4 in GCSE English or Maths when you join the Sixth Form, you will be required to continue your studies in these subjects and resit these qualifications.

Future opportunities

Chemistry can be used as a basis for the study of Sciences at University. It is also a pre-requisite for entry to Medicine and Medicinal Science courses at University. A fundamental understanding of Chemistry is required for virtually all forms of university scientific education and research. Chemistry A Level is also a useful stepping stone towards engineering training and careers. Chemical engineering is a subject that allows students with a practical interest in Maths and Chemistry to apply their skills to real life problems such as the flow of hot melted chocolate in a chocolate factory or the fermentation of beer at a brewery. Due to the mathematical and modelling skills involved, students with Chemistry A Level often move into Financial/Economic research/employment. Chemistry (alongside Physics and Biology) is seen as a ‘facilitating subject’ by the Russell group of universities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Our Lady's Convent Roman Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 21 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year

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