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Chemistry A Level at Coombeshead Academy

Course description

A Level Chemistry gives students an exciting insight into the contemporary world of
Chemistry. It covers the key concepts of the subject and practical skills are
integrated throughout the course. This combination of academic challenge and
practical focus makes the prospect of studying A Level Chemistry highly appealing.
Students will learn about the application of Chemistry in a range of different
contexts and the impact it has on industry and many aspects of everyday life. They
learn how to investigate and solve problems in a range of contexts.

Course content

Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations
Enthalpy, entropy and free energy
Amount of substance Redox and electrode potentials
Acid–base and Redox reactions
Transition elements
Electrons, bonding and structure
Organic chemistry
The periodic table and periodicity
Group 2 and the halogens
Organic synthesis
Reaction rates and equilibrium
Analytical techniques (IR and MS)
pH and buffers
Chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR)
The emphasis throughout the course is on developing knowledge, competence
and confidence in practical skills and problem solving. Students learn how society
makes decisions about scientific issues and how sciences contribute to the success

Entry requirements

GCSE Science: Double Award (Higher Tier) or GCSE Chemistry minimum grade B


Six hours of examinations (2 x 2 hrs. 15 mins and 1 x 1hr.30 mins) at the end of the
Question types include multiple choice, short answer and extended response
questions allowing the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge of both theory and
practical skills through the examinations.
To achieve a Practical Endorsement students must display competency in applying
an investigative approach when using instruments and equipment, working safely,
making and recording observations, researching, referencing and reporting.

Future opportunities

A Level Chemistry is an excellent base for a University degree in Healthcare such as
Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry as well as the Biological Sciences, Physics,
Mathematics, Pharmacology and Analytical Chemistry. Chemistry is also taken by
many Law applicants as it demonstrates the ability to cope with difficult concepts.
Chemistry can also complement a number of Arts subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coombeshead Academy directly.

Last updated date: 02 December 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years