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Chemistry, AS/A2 at Christ The King College

Course description

Chemistry is the study of what all matter is made of. It asks fundamental questions about the structure of all substances and uses the atom model to explain it. The AQA Chemistry course builds logically from understanding the fundamentals of atomic structure, through being able to calculate amounts into understanding trends in the
periodic table and then describing structure from knowledge of bonding.

Course content

The AS course is split into 2 main units which investigate:-

Unit 1
• Atomic structure with particular consideration of electrons.
• Determination of amounts and the introduction to the mole.
• Trends across the periodic table.
• The major intramolecular and intermolecular bonds
and how they determine structure and physical properties.
• Naming and the reactions of alkanes.
Unit 2
• Rates of reaction and collision theory.
• The energy in chemical reactions.
• Reversible reactions.
• Redox Chemistry.
• The patterns in group 2 and 7 elements.
• Extraction of metals from their ores.
• Studying the alkene, the alcohol and
halogenoalkane families.

 

Entry requirements

The high demands of the course require a strong grounding in science but also secure literacy and numeracy skills. There is a general expectation that students should have both GCSE Maths and English grade C and GCSE Science grade B.

Assessment

Paper 1
What’s assessed
• Relevant physical chemistry topics (sections 3.1.1 to 3.1.4, 3.1.6 to 3.1.8 and 3.1.10      to 3.1.12)
• Inorganic chemistry (section 3.2)
• Relevant practical skills Assessed
• written exam: 2 hours
• 105 marks
• 35% of A-level Questions 105 marks of short and long answer questions
Paper 2
What’s assessed
• Relevant physical chemistry topics (sections 3.1.2 to 3.1.6 and 3.1.9)
• Organic chemistry (section 3.3)
• Relevant practical skills Assessed
• written exam: 2 hours
• 105 marks
• 35% of A-level Questions 105 marks of short and long answer questions
Paper 3
What’s assessed
• Any content
• Any practical skills Assessed
• Written exam: 2 hours
• 90 marks
• 30% of A-level Questions 40 marks of questions on practical techniques and data    analysis 20 marks of questions testing across the specification 30 marks of
   multiple choice questions

 

Future opportunities

Chemistry provides the doorway through which a vast array of careers can open which include industrial chemistry, medicine, biochemistry, agricultural chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, environmental chemistry, pharmacy,
pharmacology, pharmaceutical chemistry, materials science, engineering, forensic science, textile chemistry, polymer chemistry, perfumery and the list just goes on and on.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ The King College directly.

Last updated date: 22 May 2015
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Key information

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

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