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Chemistry A Level at St Joseph's Catholic Academy

Course description

Chemistry is a challenging and practical subject with clear links to real life jobs, including medicine, veterinary science, engineering, forensic science, laboratory work and many more. Chemistry is an excellent subject for developing the transferable skills that can be applied to further study in other subjects.

What will this involve?

The course builds on many of the concepts studied at GCSE. Students will study inorganic, physical and organic chemistry and chemical calculations in greater depth. Students will also be externally assessed on their practical work via an EMPA and practical skills verification (PSV) during the course

Course content


Physical chemistry Including atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics, chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s principle.

Inorganic chemistry Including periodicity, Group 2 the alkaline earth metals, Group 7(17) the halogens.

Organic chemistry Including introduction to organic chemistry, alkanes, halogenoalkanes, alkenes, alcohols, organic analysis.


Physical chemistry Including thermodynamics, rate equations, equilibrium constant (Kc) for homogeneous systems, electrode potentials and electrochemical cells.

Inorganic chemistry Including properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides, transition metals, reactions of ions in aqueous solution.

Organic chemistry Including optical isomerism, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, aromatic chemistry, amines, polymers, amino acids, proteins and DNA, organic synthesis, NMR spectroscopy, chromatography.

Entry requirements

BB in Science and B in Maths at GCSE Level.


Exams along woth practicals.

Future opportunities


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Joseph's Catholic Academy directly.

Last updated date: 12 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years