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CHEMISTRY - delivered at St Thomas Aquinas School at St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School

Course description

A Level Edexcel Chemistry enables students to obtain a single AS level in Chemistry after one year of study or to gain the full A-level by completing the second. Edexcel offer a modern chemistry course which is designed to allow a smooth transition from GCSE Science. Chemistry A Level has always proven extremely popular as the course is demanding, rigorous, inclusive and empowering.

Course content


Core Inorganic and Physical Chemistry: In this module you will learn about the structure of the atom, the importance of atomic masses, formulae and equations, chemical bonding and structure and trends and patterns in the periodic table. This unit also introduces redox reaction and the importance of quantitate chemistry by focusing on formulae, equations and amounts of substance.

Core Organic and Physical Chemistry: The basic ideas that underpin organic chemistry building on Unit 1 with simple organic molecules such as alkanes, alcohols and haloalkanes. Students also look at important groups in the Periodic table as well as metal extraction and Analytical techniques. Areas of physical chemistry include energy changes in chemical reactions, rate of reaction and reversible reactions. Assessment of this paper also includes aspects from Paper 1.


Paper 1: Advanced Inorganic and Physical Chemistry: In addition to the content listed for Year 12, students also gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of analytical techniques, Kinetics, Equilibria and Acids, Bases and Buffers and Redox reactions. There is also focus on Transition Metals as an important group in the Periodic Table.

Paper 2: Advanced Organic and Physical Chemistry: In addition to the content listed for Year 12, students will look more extensively at Organic Chemistry by considering more organic groups and their reactions and will gain a deeper understanding of analytical techniques and their development. Paper 3: General and Practical Principles in Chemistry: This further assesses investigative and practical skills from any aspect of the curriculum and is synoptic in nature. In addition to this, students will achieve a separate Practical Endorsement from completing ongoing practical skills capability assessments over the two years of the course.

Entry requirements

You should have achieved a grade B or above in GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science. A grade B or above in Math is essential and grades A*- C in at least 4 subjects at GCSE level.

Future opportunities

As well as a respected academic subject in its own right, which can be taken as a single degree subject at University, Chemistry is an essential subject for studies in areas such as Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Forensic Science and Environmental Sciences. Other typical career routes from Chemistry include Engineering, Materials Science and Biotechnology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2016
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  • Start date: Next September