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A Level Chemistry at Royal Latin School

Course description

Chemistry is a challenging and exciting subject which develops an understanding of chemical reactions from the structure of the atom right through to large scale reactions happening both in factories and our atmosphere! It will suit those who have enjoyed the study of sciences at GCSE and who enjoy solving problems and asking questions about the world around them. We are following the OCR ‘A’ syllabus; this course offers the opportunity to explore in greater depth many of the ideas met at GCSE and provides further insight into the structure of atoms, chemical bonds and chemical reactions. Studying Chemistry develops practical skills and the ability to evaluate data, including experimental data and other sources of information. It is a direct requirement for those thinking of degrees and careers in Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Veterinary Sciences and any Bioscience and is also valuable for those considering a career in any other science.

Course content

Module 1: Development of practical skills—this module underpins the whole of the specification, and covers the practical skills that students should develop throughout the course, The practical skills in this module can be assessed within written examinations and within the Practical Endorsement.

Module 2: Foundations in chemistry covering concepts required throughout the remaining modules including topics such as atoms, compounds, equations, bonding and structure.

Modules 3 and 4 : An introduction to the chemistry of carbon as well as looking at periodicity, equilibrium and reaction rates.

Modules 5 and 6: The chemistry of the amines, arenes, polymers, carbonyls, carboxylic acids, esters and spectroscopy as well as further insights in the concepts behind rates, equilibria and energetics. The modules also include the chemistry of the transition elements.

Entry requirements

You must enjoy solving challenging problems. Chemistry requires a lot of application of knowledge, so it is essential that you are willing to think and reason for yourself. You will be expected to undertake a programme of wide and varied background reading. You must have a minimum of a B grade in Chemistry GCSE or BB grades in Core Science and Additional Science GCSEs. You must also have a minimum of a B in GCSE Maths. The large majority of students studying Chemistry at A level have A or A* grades in the Sciences and Maths at GCSE


Students will complete three exams in June 2017 which will include multiple choice as well as extended response questions, covering both theory and practical skills. Students will also undertake a Practical Endorsement and will be required to complete a minimum of 12 practical activities to demonstrate practical competence. This will be reported separately to the A Level

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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