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Chemistry - AS/A2 Level at Thornleigh Salesian College

Course description

The A Level course in Chemistry builds upon the ideas you will have learnt and understood at GCSE.
The course aims to stimulate interest in and enjoyment of chemistry, to foster imaginative, logical and critical thinking and to demonstrate the wider application of chemical knowledge in the modern world.


A-level chemistry is very academic and highly theoretical, integrating experimental work and developing investigative and manipulative skills. The A2 course is a natural progression from AS and further develops the principles studied at AS, as well as incorporating new ideas.

Course content

 You will be able to study the following themes throughout the course:

Foundation chemistry- atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, periodicity, introduction to organic chemistry, alkanes.

Chemistry in action- energetics, kinetics, equilibria, redox reactions, group 7, group 2, extractions of metals, haloalkanes, alkanes, alcohols, analytical techniques.

Kinetics, equilibria and organic chemistry- kinetics, equilibria, acids and bases, nomenclature and isomerism, carbonyl groups, aromatics, amines, amino acids, polymers, synthesis and analysis, structure determination.

Energetics, redox and inroganic chemistry- thermodynamics, periodicity, redox equilibria, transition metals, inorganic compounds in aqueous solution.

Entry requirements

You will require 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Maths as well as C grades in the subjects that you want to study. Many courses do accept students who have not previously studied the subject. To study AS Level Science subjects you will require a minimum combination of GCSE B/B in Core and Additional Science. To study AS Level Maths you will require a minimum of a B grade in Maths GCSE


All assessments will be through public examinations. You will recieve a seperate grade for your practical skills throughout the course.

Following A Level reforms in this subject from 2015, all exams will need to be taken at the end of the course. AS grades do not contribute to the A Level grades.

Future opportunities

There has never been a more exciting time to study chemistry. Chemistry helps us to understand the world and having an A Level in Chemistry opens up a world of opportunity. Chemistry at A Level is very good preparation for any career since it develops transferable skills which are needed in many professions. It is, however, essential for some university courses e.g. medicine, veterinary science, dentistry and pharmacy. Despite this, many employers view success at A-level Chemistry as a clear indication of sound academic ability and students go on to study engineering, nursing, teaching, optometry, radiography and physiotherapy. A Level chemistry is a valuable support subject for other A levels including Biology, Physics, Maths and Geography.


Further information

To find out more about this qualification please attend our Open Evening or contact the college directly via email at or by telephone 01204 305172.

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: 30 September 2015
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