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Chemistry A Level at St John Plessington Catholic College

Course description

This subject is offered as an A Level course. Chemistry is the study of everything material. What we eat, wear, drive, build and listen to is all affected by Chemistry. You will gain a challenging and fascinating insight into the building blocks of our planet. Starting with the structure of atoms and how they bond together, the course covers many aspects of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. The practical aspects of the course will develop your analytical skills using a range of chemicals and high-precision equipment.

Course content

AS and First Year of A-Level
1. Physical Chemistry (atomic structure, amounts of substances, bonding, energetics, kinetics, chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s Principle).
2. Inorganic Chemistry (periodicity, Group 2 Alkaline Earth Metals, Group 7(17) The Halogens).
3. Organic Chemistry (alkanes, halogenoalkanes, alkenes, alcohols, organic analysis).

Second Year of A-Level
1. Physical Chemistry (thermodynamics, rate equations, equilibrium constant for homogenous systems, electrode potentials and electrochemical cells).
2. Inorganic Chemistry (properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides, transition metals, reactions of ions in aqueous solution).
3. Organic Chemistry (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

This course is suited to students who have followed the Core Science and Additional Science Course or Triple Science in Years 10 & 11 and have achieved at least a Grade C or above. You will develop excellent practical and problem solving skills and the course will prepare you for a wide range of degree courses and careers in Science.

Assessment

AS
Paper 1: Physical Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry, including relevant practical skills Examination - 1 hour 30 minutes
50% of the overall AS Level Marks

Paper 2: Physical Chemistry and Organic Chemistry, including relevant practical skills Examination - 1 hour 30 minutes
50% of the overall AS Level Marks

A2
Paper 1: Physical Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry, including relevant practical skills Examination - 2 hours
35% of the overall A Level Marks

Paper 2: Physical Chemistry and Organic Chemistry, including relevant practical skills Examination - 2 hours
35% of the overall A Level Marks

Paper 3: Any content and any practical skills
Examination - 2 hours
30% of the overall A Level marks

Future opportunities

Chemistry is highly regarded and considered a ‘facilitating subject’ for the top universities in the country, regardless of the degree that you wish to study. It provides an excellent grounding for those wishing to progress onto Law and other traditionally ‘humanities’ subjects but also for Medicine and Veterinary Science as well as Business or Management.

Chemistry is a good choice for students looking to progress into careers involving Health, Research or Industry. These may include professions such as Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Education, Forensic Science, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Research and Development.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Plessington Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 24 September 2015
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