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Chemistry (A Level) (AQA) at Wilson's School

Course description

The Examination Board believe that this Chemistry specification is a stepping stone to future study, as they have consulted universities when devising it, to ensure that it allows students to develop the skills that they want to see. They hope that the specification will help to inspire students, nurture their passion for chemistry and lay the groundwork for further study in courses such as chemistry, medicine and pharmacy.

Chemistry is fundamentally an experimental subject. This specification provides numerous opportunities to use practical experiences to link theory to reality, and equip students with the essential practical skills they need.

Course content

Lower Sixth areas of study

  • Physical Chemistry: Atomic Structure; Amount of Substance; Bonding; Energetics; Chemical Equilibria; Kinetics
  • Inorganic Chemistry: Periodicity; Group 2 Chemistry; Group 7 Chemistry; Oxidation and Reduction; Relevant Practical Skills
  • Organic Chemistry: Nomenclature; Isomerism; Alkanes; Alcohols; Alkenes; Halogenalkanes; Organic Analysis; Relevant Practical Skills

Upper Sixth areas of study:

  • Physical Chemistry: Atomic Structure; Amount of Substance; Bonding; Energetics; Chemical Equilibria; Thermodynamics; Equilibrium Constants; Electrochemical Cells; Acids and Bases; Kinetics and Rate Equations
  • Inorganic Chemistry: Periodicity; Group 2 Chemistry; Group 7 Chemistry; Period 3 Elements; Oxidation and Reduction; Transition Metals; Ions in Aqueous Solutions
  • Organic Chemistry: Nomenclature; Relevant Mechanisms; Isomerism; Alkanes; Halogenalkanes; Alkenes; Alcohols; Aromatics; Amines; Polymers; Amino Acids; Proteins and DNA; Organic Synthesis; Spectroscopy; Chromatography

Entry requirements

A minimum grade 7 in GCSE Chemistry.

Assessment

Lower Sixth AS Level examinations consist of two 2-hour examinations on the content of the lower sixth year.

Upper Sixth A Level examinations consist of three 2-hour examinations on the content of both years.

Future opportunities

Chemistry is all around us – it is about the very essence and quality of life and its continuous improvement. A chemistry degree can take you anywhere from marine chemistry to chemical engineering; food science to neurochemistry; environmental chemistry to biological chemistry; pharmaceutical research, development and deployment. It is also an excellent preparation for a business career. There are also openings for chemical graduates in marketing, scientific journalism, patent work, lecturing and teaching.

Chemistry at A-level is an essential subject for those who wish to pursue a career in medicine, veterinary science, optometry, dentistry, pharmacy, pharmacology and forensic sciences. Chemistry is also a significant component in the study of materials science; chemical engineering; metallurgy; natural sciences; earth sciences; agricultural sciences; food technology; bio-sciences and bio-technology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wilson's School directly.

Last updated date: 18 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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