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Chemistry AS/A Level at Exeter College

Course description

This course offers you a smooth transition from GCSE science and chemistry courses and prepares you for the more in depth scientific study of higher education
courses or the world of work in a scientific field. 

You will:

  • Gain appreciation of important chemical principles which are fundamental to our understanding of the world
  • Learn how scientists investigate scientific phenomena in their attempts to explain the world
  • Undertake practical work in new well equipped laboratories
  • Go on industry visits
  • Study organic and inorganic chemistry, kinetics, energetics and chemistry in action

Assessment is by written examinations which will include the assessment of your knowledge of practical procedures.

Course content

Chemistry is divided into distinct disciplines that are assessed in all the written papers across the 2 years. Physical Chemistry includes the study of: Atomic structure and periodic trends Amount of substance Bonding and structure Kinetics and equilibria Redox and electrochemistry Organic Chemistry includes the study of: Alkanes, alkenes, aromatic systems and halogenoalkanes Alcohols, aldehydes and ketones Carboxylic acids and their derivatives Amines, amino acids, proteins and DNA Polymers, mechanisms and organic synthetic methods Inorganic Chemistry includes the study of: Group 2, the alkaline earth metals Group 7, the halogens Properties of period 3 elements and their oxides Transition metals and their complexes Reactions of ions in aqueous solution Analytical Chemistry includes the study of: Isomerism and identification of functional group by test tube reactions. Infrared spectroscopy Time of flight mass spectrometry Thin-layer, column and gas chromatography Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

Entry requirements

You need five GCSEs at grade C including English language at B or above, maths at grade B or above and two GCSEs in science subjects including additional science or chemistry at grades B or above. A grade D or above is needed at the end of year 1 for progression to year 2 of the A Level.


You will be assessed in May/June of each year with mock exams in the January of each year. In the first year there are 2 exams of 1 hour 30 minutes duration, in the second year there are 3 exams each of 2 hours duration. There is no coursework element but a series of practical investigations will be assessed in order to award a certificate of practical endorsement and to prepare students for practical questions in the main exams.

Future opportunities

If your programme includes other Sciences and/or Mathematics, a wide range of scientific and technical courses and careers are available. You could progress to Higher Education or a career in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Forensic Science, Pharmacy, Medicine and related subjects. A scientific training is also widely recognised as a valid preparation for ultimate careers in a whole range of occupations from management to marketing.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 January 2016
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