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Chemistry AS/A2 at Trinity School

Course description

A-level Chemistry attempts to answer the big question ‘what is the world made of’ and it’s 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 -  (Year 12) - 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


Year 2 - (Year 13) - Physical chemistry Including thermodynamics, rate equations, the equilibrium constant Kp, 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

GCSE Chemistry B/A/A*

GCSE Additional Science A/A*

GCSE Maths B/A/A* though this is a highly numerate course with a significant percentage of the marks from mathematical content. You will need to be a confident mathematician.

GCSE English B/A/A* as written communication is also important and you’ll need to be a strong writer.


Year 1 - There is no coursework on this course. However, your performance during practicals will be assessed. The AS has two exams at the end of the year. Both are 1 hour 30 minutes long. At least 15% of the marks for AS-level Chemistry are based on what you learned in your practicals.


Year 2 - There are three exams at the end of the two years for A-level. All of which are two hours long. At least 15% of the marks for A-level Chemistry are based on what you learned in your practicals.

Future opportunities

The top five degree courses taken by students who have an A-level in Chemistry are:-

• Chemistry

• Biology

• Pre-clinical medicine

• Mathematics

• Pharmacology


Possible career options:-

Studying an A-level Chemistry related degree at university gives you all sorts of exciting career options, including:-

• Analytical chemist

• Chemical engineer

• Clinical biochemist

• Pharmacologist

• Doctor

• Research scientist (physical sciences)

• Toxicologist

• 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 Trinity School directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2016
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