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Chemistry A Level at Cleeve School

Course description

Chemistry is known as the central science, overlapping with aspects of biology and physics. The subject is challenging, compelling and hugely rewarding. It attempts to answer the big question ‘what is the world made of?’ It is the search for this answer that makes this subject so fascinating. From investigating how one substance can be changed drastically into another, to researching a new wonder drug to save millions of lives, the opportunities that chemistry provides are endless.

Course content

Year 1
• 3.1 Physical chemistry - Atomic structure, Amount of substance, Bonding, Energetics, Kinetics, Chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s principle, Oxidation, Reduction and redox equations.
• 3.2 Inorganic chemistry - Periodicity, Group 2: The alkaline earth metals, Group 7(17): The halogens.
• 3.3 Organic chemistry - Introduction to organic chemistry,
Alkanes, Halogenoalkanes, Alkenes, Alcohols, Organic analysis.

Year 2
• 3.1 Physical chemistry - Thermodynamics, Rate equations, Equilibrium constant Kc for homogeneous systems, Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells , Acids and bases.
• 3.2 Inorganic chemistry - Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides, Transition metals, Reactions of ions in aqueous solution.
• 3.3 Organic chemistry - 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

Students should have achieved GCSE Sciences Grade B and Maths Grade 6


A Level
Paper 1. Written exam: 2 hours, 105 marks, 35% of A-level
Paper 2. Written exam: 2 hours, 105 marks, 35% of A-level
Paper 3. Written exam: 2 hours, 90 marks, 30% of A-level

Future opportunities

Possible degree options:

• Chemistry, Biology, Pre-clinical medicine, Mathematics, Pharmacology Leading to careers such as:

• Analytical chemist, Chemical engineer, Clinical biochemist,
Pharmacologist, Doctor, Research scientist (physical sciences),
Toxicologist, Chartered certified accountant, Environmental consultant,
Higher education lecturer, Patent attorney, Science writer, Secondary
school teacher.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 November 2017
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