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A Level Chemistry at JCoSS

Course description

When scarcely a day goes by without a new scientific breakthrough, we realise that the gap between what we know and what remains to be discovered is a fantastic journey we are embarked upon. Science surrounds us and we utilise it in numerous ways to our advantage every day. Science students will be inspired, stimulated and motivated to question scientific progress and be reasoned in their responses to scientific breakthroughs and reported events. They will continue to build on their data handling, experimental and evaluative skills, their scientific knowledge and understanding, and will apply them to show themselves as effective problem solvers, communicators and creative thinkers.

Course content

Physical Chemistry: Atomic structure; Amount of substance; Bonding; Energetics; Kinetics; Chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s principle; Oxidation reduction and redox equations; Thermodynamics; Rate equations; Equilibrium constant for homogeneous systems; Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells; Acids and bases. 

Inorganic Chemistry: Periodicity; Group 2, the alkaline earth metals; Group 7, the halogens; Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides; Transition metals; Reactions of ions in aqueous solution.

Organic Chemistry: Introduction to organic chemistry; Alkanes; Halogenoalkanes; Alkenes; Alcohols; Organic analysis; 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.

Studies explore the fundamental principles that form the basis of Chemistry: Atomic Structure, the Mole and Bonding. Organic Chemistry is introduced and then extended and developed to include Alcohols and Analytical Techniques. Students will then look more deeply at principles that underpin chemistry, and their application. These include Energetics, Kinetics, Equilibria and Redox Reactions. We also undertake a study of the Periodic Table, focusing on Group 7 (Halogens) and Group 2 (Alkaline Earth Metals) and how they are extracted. We will develop the concept of Physical Chemistry, treating Kinetic and Equilibria quantitatively. The theory behind Acids and Bases is demonstrated using titrations (practical technique) and the study of organic chemistry is extended to include carbonyl groups, aromatic compounds and polymers. It also includes a study of spectroscopic techniques to solve identification problems. The full Chemistry A-Level includes the study of thermodynamics, construction of BornHaber cycles, enthalpy/entropy calculations, Periodicity, including transition Metals, Redox Equilibria and Reactions of Inorganic Compounds in Aqueous Solution. These will be supported by numerous practical opportunities.

Entry requirements

Minimum of B grade (A grades are highly recommended due to the demanding nature of this course) in any of the following GCSEs that have been taken: GCSE Science A, GCSE Additional Science, GCSE Further Additional Science, GCSE Chemistry, GCSE Mathematics. We expect that students studying A-Level Chemistry will be also studying A-Level Mathematics.


For the AS exam there are 2 papers, worth 50% each. For A Level, there are 3 exams with a combination of theory and practical papers.

The AS-Level in Chemistry is a standalone qualification from the A-Level. Attaining a good grade in the AS-Level is an indicator of strong performance in the A-Level, however marks accrued in Year 12 do not count towards the A-Level taken in Year 13.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 April 2015
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