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Chemistry A Level at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School

Course description

What does the course consist of?

Physical Chemistry: Atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics, chemical equilibria and equilibrium constant (Kc), and Le Chatelier’s principle, oxidation reduction and redox reactions, thermodynamics, rate equations, electrode potentials, electrochemical cells, acids and bases.

Thermodynamics, rate equations, electrode potentials, electrochemical cells, acids and bases.

Inorganic Chemistry: Periodicity, Group 2 and Group 7. Period 3 elements & oxides, transition metals, aqueous solutions.

Organic Chemistry: Alkanes, haloalkanes, alcohols, organic analysis, optical isomerism, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, aromatic chemistry, amines, polymers, amino acids, proteins, DNA, organic synthesis, NMR spectroscopy & chromatography.

Practical Element

Practical skills will be developed throughout this course, written exams expect students to show knowledge and understanding of a wide range of practical techniques.



Entry requirements

What entry requirements do I need?

Grade 6 Chemistry GCSE Or Grade 7 in Combined Science Trilogy. If a subject is oversubscribed preference will be given to those who have Grade 7.

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How is this course assessed?

Three 2 hour papers. Paper 3 on practical skills and data analysis.




Future opportunities

What could this course lead me to?

Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Biological & Applied Biological Sciences, Engineering, Physical Sciences, Biomedical Science, Biochemistry, Oceanography, Law.


Further information

What other subjects does this course work well with?

Chemistry combines well with Physics, Biology, Mathematics and Geography. A qualification in Chemistry at A Level is widely respected amongst universities and employers, so it leaves open a variety of options for further study and employment. It can therefore be successfully combined with most other subjects.

Additional Information:

12 practicals will be carried out during the course. These will be assessed by staff and practical skills recorded as pass or fail. It does not contribute to your actual grade but demonstrates essential skills to universities.

Why should you study this subject?

“If you have an enquiring mind, a logical approach to problems, an aptitude for practical work and perhaps an idea about possible science based career.” (Curriculum Leader)

Why is this subject enjoyable to study?

“We are set challenging but achievable targets, while the practical work helps me to understand the theory.” (Sixth Form Student)






How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 10 November 2017
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Key information

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