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Chemistry at St Edward's College

Course description

As a subject, Chemistry is interesting and stimulating in its own right. However, Chemistry also complements many other subject combinations, leading to improved life choices beyond school. Modern applications of Chemistry are all around us, whether it be a new treatment for cancer, “self-cleaning windows” or the latest shade of lipstick! Chemistry is very much a “hands on” subject with many opportunities for experimental work.

Course content

There will be a seamless transition from GCSE to Advanced Level. The specification is arranged into the traditional three branches of physical, inorganic and organic Chemistry. The first year of A-level will cover Physical chemistry (atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, chemical equilibria), Inorganic chemistry (periodicity, Groups 2 and 7 of the Periodic Table) and Organic chemistry (alkanes, haloalkanes, alkenes, alcohols and organic analysis).

The second year of A-level will further develop these three areas, and will include such modern developments as electrochemical cells, NMR spectroscopy and chromatography. Complex calculations can play a part too and the mathematical demand of the A level course is substantial! Practical activity is an integral part of the new course, reflecting its importance.

Entry requirements

B grade in GCSE Additional Science and B grade equivalent in Chemistry component
of GCSE Additional Science or B grade in GCSE Chemistry.

A grade in Mathematics GCSE is desirable.


Although coursework is being removed, there is a list of practical activities that pupils must carry out, and examination questions will be based on these practicals. These questions will form about 20% of the total assessment.
Chemistry will be examined at the end of year 13.

There will be three examination papers at the end of the A-level course (each of two hours).
Paper 1: Two hours of a mixture of short and long answer ques
tions, covering inorganic chemistry, with relevant physical chemistry and relevant practical skills. 35% of the A-level
Paper 2: Two hours of a mixture of short and long answer questions, covering organic chemistry with relevant physical chemistry and relevant practical skills.
35% of the A-level
Paper 3: Two hours, covering all practical skills (covering practical techniques and data analysis) and all content specified in the syllabus. This section will include some multiple choice questions. 30% of the A-level

Future opportunities

Many exciting opportunities in Science-related Degrees–Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing,
Physiotherapy, Veterinary Science, Chemistry-related degrees and Chemical Engineering to name a few. Chemistry is also an excellent subject choice for Law, Teaching and Research based careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Edward's College directly.

Last updated date: 16 August 2016

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