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Chemistry A Level at Queens Park Community School

Course description

You will build on your existing knowledge from GCSE and study the three main branches of chemistry: Physical Chemistry which deals with the principles behind chemical change, Inorganic Chemistry which involves studying the structure and bonding of elements in the periodic table, and Organic Chemistry which is about the chemistry of carbon (two million carbon compounds are known!) . You will carry out a series of practical activities designed to illustrate what you are learning in theory lessons as well as teach you essential laboratory skills.
You will be assessed internally through end of unit exams and practical work throughout the year. You will sit two externally assessed 90 minute exams at the end of the year, the result of which will determine your AS grade if you choose to leave the course at this point. All students sit the AS exam regardless of whether they plan to progress onto the full A level course, however this grade will not count towards the full A level.

Course content

Topics Studied
1. Atomic Structure and the periodic table
2. Bonding and Structure
3. Redox I
4. Inorganic Chemistry and the Periodic Table
5. Formulae, Equations and Amounts of Substance
6. Organic Chemistry I
7. Modern Analytical Techniques I
8. Energetics I
9. Kinetics I
10. Equilibrium I
11. Equilibrium II
12. Acid-base Equilibria
13. Energetics II
14. Redox II
15. Transition Metals
16. Kinetics II
17. Organic Chemistry II
18. Organic Chemistry III
19. Modern Analytical Techniques II

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in either Combined Science GCSE or Chemistry GCSE, and a Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics. An interest in chemistry and the ability to think scientifically and logically. An interest in investigating chemical reactions, both practically and theoretically. AS Chemistry will still be offered as a standalone qualification available at the end of year 12; you will be expected to achieve at least a grade D to progress to year 13.

Future opportunities

A Level Chemistry leads to a range of careers in Science, Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry and many other fields. A Level Chemists are in very high demand! Recently, several students have gone on to study Medicine and Chemical Engineering at Russell Group universities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queens Park Community School directly.

Last updated date: 16 April 2018
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