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Chemistry A Level at Philip Morant School and College

Course description

Chemistry is the study of materials what they are made of, how they interact with each other and their surroundings and the role they play in living things. Chemistry occupies a central position in science, linking disciplines from Mathematics to Medicine and affects every aspect of our lives. In fact the benefits of Chemistry are so numerous and all-pervading, that we often take them for granted. Our clothes, the paper we write on, the food we eat, even the celebratory drink when exams are over, all have been improved by people studying Chemistry.

Complementary subjects

Chemistry is often described as the central science. It links with other natural sciences and underpins many branches of technology from the silicon chip to brewing. Chemistry links well with Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Geography and Psychology.

Course content

Year 1

Physical chemistry:

  • Atomic structure
  • Amount of substance
  • Bonding
  • Energetics
  • Kinetics
  • Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc
  • Oxidation, reduction and redox equations

Inorganic chemistry

  • Periodicity
  • Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
  • Group 7, the halogens

Organic chemistry

  • Introduction to organic chemistry
  • Alkanes
  • Halogenoalkanes
  • Alkenes
  • Alcohols
  • Organic analysis

Year 2

Physical chemistry

  • Thermodynamics
  • Rate equations
  • Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems
  • Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells
  • Acids and bases

Inorganic chemistry

  • Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides
  • Transition metals
  • Reactions of ions in aqueous solution

Organic chemistry

  • Optical isomerism
  • Aldehydes and ketones
  • Carboxylic acids and derivatives

Aromatic chemistry

  • Amines
  • Polymers
  • Amino acids, proteins and DNA
  • Organic synthesis
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
  • Chromatography

Entry requirements

Students are required to have at least:

  • Grade 6 in Maths
  • A in GCSE Chemistry or grade 7
  • AA in Core and Additional Science or grade 77


Specification: AQA A Level Chemistry 7405

Three written exams which will assess content from both Years 12 and 13.

Practical skills are assessed within the written papers with 15% of the total marks allocated for practical knowledge and understanding.

A separate endorsement of practical skills requires students to undertake a minimum of 12 teacher-assessed practical activities.

Future opportunities

Chemistry is highly regarded as a sound basis for employment in many areas. By entering the world of Chemistry you will be equipping yourself to play a leading role in the complex world of tomorrow as well as becoming involved in a fun and enjoyable subject.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Philip Morant School and College directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2017

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