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Chemistry A Level at New Charter Academy & 6th Form

Course description

It's how science works.

If you enjoyed chemistry at GCSE, you’ll love this A/AS level course. In two years that will fly by you’ll get a real in-depth knowledge of this fascinating subject, preparing you for further education or giving you the credentials to enhance your job options straight away.

Chemists have greatly improved the quality of life for the majority of people. Our A Level course is underpinned by the practical skills that we call ‘How Science Works’. You also find out how chemists are real innovators, designing solutions to the problems that affect modern life.

 

Course content

Who takes this course?

Students with a wide range of interests enjoy the chemistry course. Whether you want a job in medicine or industry, chemistry is the solid platform upon which careers

are built.

 

Where will success take me?

Chemistry is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, nursing, biochemistry, dentistry or forensic science.

It will also equip you for a career in industry, for example in the petrochemical or pharmaceutical industries.

 

Will it fit in my life?

Students who take Chemistry often also study from a wide range of subjects, including Psychology, Sociology, Biology, Science in Society, Physics, Applied Science, Health & Social Care, Critical Thinking and Environmental Studies.

 

What skills will I learn?

The Chemistry A Level course helps students develop a number of skills:

• How to assemble data and assess it

• How to investigate facts and use deduction

• How to put over your point of view fluently

• How to work as a team to achieve results

Entry requirements

You need to meet the stated Academy entry requirements for AS/A2 courses and have a Core & Additional Science B, English GCSE B, Mathematics GCSE B.

Assessment

Paper 1

Content

• Inorganic chemistry, with relevant physical chemistry and relevant practical skills.

Assessment

• Written exam: 2 hours

• 105 marks a mixture of short and long answer questions.

• 35% of A-level

 

Paper 2

Content

• Organic chemistry, with relevant physical chemistry and relevant practical skills.

Assessment

• Written exam: 2 hours

• 105 marks a mixture of short and long answer questions.

• 35% of A-level

 

Paper 3

Content

• All practical skills and all content.

Assessment

• Written exam: 2 hours

• 30% of A-level

• 40 marks: questions on practical techniques and data analysis.

• 20 marks: testing across the specification.

• 30 marks: multiple choice questions

 

Practical

Students will be provided with practical activities that students must carry out.

Exam questions will be based on these practical’s.

 

Course structure

The specification has been split into the traditional three branches of physical, inorganic and organic chemistry.

 

AS and first year of A-level

 

Physical chemistry

Including atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics, chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s principle.

 

Inorganic chemistry

Including periodicity, Group 2 the alkaline earth metals, Group 7(17) the halogens.

 

Organic chemistry

Including introduction to organic chemistry, alkanes, halogenoalkanes, alkenes, alcohols, organic analysis.

 

Second year of A-level

 

Physical chemistry

Including thermodynamics, rate equations, equilibrium constant (Kc) for homogeneous systems, electrode potentials and electrochemical cells.

 

Inorganic chemistry

Including properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides, transition metals, reactions of ions in aqueous solution.

 

Organic chemistry

Including optical isomerism, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, aromatic chemistry, amines, polymers, amino acids, proteins and DNA, organic synthesis, NMR spectroscopy, chromatography.

 

*currently no specifications have been accredited for teaching from 2015. We currently teach AQA A Level Chemistry. A decision will be made once specifications have been approved. However the three main exam boards content and examination structure is likely to be virtually identical.

Future opportunities

Chemistry is essential if you want to study medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, forensic science or veterinary science at a higher level. Combined with a range of other subjects it is also a valuable qualification for other courses and occupations.

Further information

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 02 October 2015
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