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Chemistry A Level at The Downs School

Course description

This course is designed to enable students to  develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other  develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills.

Course content

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry • This will be assessed in all three written exams and these answers will contribute to the overall grade. • It will also be assessed by the class teacher in lessons, this will result in a practical endorsement which is certificated separately to the A level grade.

Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry • Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations • Amount of substance • Acid–base and redox reactions • Electrons, bonding and structure

Module 3 – Periodic table and energy • The periodic table and periodicity • Group 2 and the halogens • Qualitative analysis • Enthalpy changes • Reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative)

Module 4 – Core organic chemistry • Basic concepts • Hydrocarbons • Alcohols and halogenoalkanes • Organic synthesis • Analytical techniques (IR and MS)

Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements • Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative) • 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

GRADE B in Chemistry at GCSE or BB in Science and at least GRADE C in Mathematics at GCSE


Exam for each unit.

Future opportunities

Chemistry is an essential qualification for a large number of careers as well as being an excellent subject to study alongside any other A Level. A large number of students move into areas such as Applied Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Environmental Science. If students want any science-based career, then Chemistry keeps their options open.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Downs School directly.

Last updated date: 26 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years