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Chemistry A level at Luton Sixth Form College

Course description

The course looks at atoms (the basic building blocks), how and why they combine, and how the resulting compounds behave in the real world. The whole subject is based upon the results of experiments and so involves the learning of many practical techniques.

Course content

Module 1: Development of practical skills in chemistry

  • Practical skills assessed in a written examination

Module 2: Foundations in chemistry

  • Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations
  • Amount of substance
  • Acid-base and redox reactions
  • Electrons, bonding and structure

Module 3: Periodic table and energy

  • The periodic table and periodicity
  • Group 2 and the halogens
  • Qualitative analysis
  • Enthalpy changes
  • Reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative)

Module 4: Core organic chemistry

  • Basic concepts
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Alcohols and haloalkanes
  • Organic synthesis
  • Analytical techniques (IR and MS)

Module 5: Physical chemistry and transition elements

  • Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative)
  • pH and buffers
  • Enthalpy, entropy and free energy
  • Redox and electrode potentials
  • Transition elements

Module 6: Organic chemistry and analysis

  • Aromatic compounds
  • Carbonyl compounds
  • Carboxylic acids and esters
  • Nitrogen compounds
  • Polymers
  • Organic synthesis
  • Chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR)

Entry requirements

To start any AS levels, you need to meet the general college entry requirements.

In addition you must have 2 grade Bs in GCSE Science and a grade B in Mathematics and a C in English Language


Exam Board – OCR

  • Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (100 marks) 2 hours 15 minutes. Assesses content from module 1,2,3 and 5. 37% of total A level.
  • Synthesis and analytical techniques (100 marks) 2 hours 15 minutes. Assesses content from modules 1,2,4 and 6. 37% of the total A level.
  • Unified chemistry (70 marks) 1 hour 30 minutes. Assesses content from modules 1-6. 26% of the total A level.
  • Practical endorsement in chemistry (non-exam assessment). Separate to the main A Level.

Future opportunities

Chemistry is a popular subject at Luton Sixth Form College and is a highly respected subject for university entry. The majority of our students move on to higher education to study on a wide range of different courses.

Apart from degree courses in chemistry itself, the subject is essential for courses like medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary science and biochemistry. It is extremely useful for other courses like physiotherapy, physics and biology. Should you decide to study chemistry at university you will have a wide range of options when you graduate. Chemistry graduates are sought after by a variety of different employers although many will go into research in universities or industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Luton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years