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Chemistry A Level at Cowes Enterprise College

Course description

Chemistry A level is a basic requirement of many university courses and an excellent academic discipline for all further study and employment.

Course content

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry: planning an experiment, using a wide range of apparatus and techniques correctly, presenting data in an appropriate format, analysing quantitative data using mathematical skills, evaluating results and identifying limiting factors in experiments.

Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry: atomic structure, quantitative chemistry: formulae, equations, amount of substance and the mole, reactions of acids, oxidation number and redox reactions, bonding and Structure

Module 3 – Periodic Table and energy: the periodic table: periodic and group properties, enthalpy changes and their determination, rates of reaction, reversible reactions and chemical equilibrium, consideration of energy and yield in improving sustainability.

Module 4 – Core Organic chemistry: nomenclature and formula representation, functional groups, organic reactions and isomerism, aliphatic hydrocarbons, alcohols and halo alkanes, organic practical skills and organic synthesis, instrumental analytical techniques to provide evidence of structural features in

Module 5 – physical chemistry and transition elements: reaction rates and equilibrium, calculation of rates, rate constant and equilibrium constants from practical data, 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

  • Scientific skills including using calculations, planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation
  • ability to manipulate mathematical formulae and equations
  • Literacy skills are important
  • Prepared for lot of background reading and consolidation.
  • Normally strong GCSE grades in maths, English and triple or double science


Two exams of 2¼ hours:

  • Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry
  • 37% of a A Level


  • Synthesis and analytical techniques
  • 37% of A Level

One exam of 1½ hours:

  • Unified Chemistry

Practical endorsement:

  • Assessed by a minimum of 12 assessed practical activities


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cowes Enterprise College directly.

Last updated date: 13 November 2017
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