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Chemistry A Level at Thomas Mills High School

Course description

Chemistry is one of the key sciences. Chemists are fascinated by the materials around them: - how they behave and react under different conditions, and how they can be used for our own purposes. The course involves practical investigation, learning and summarising of information and developing and understanding ideas and theories. In the examination there is a strong emphasis on understanding and application.

Course content

Module 1 – Development of practical skills
Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation
Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry
• Atoms, compounds, molecules and
• 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

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

Module 5–Physical chemistry and transition
• 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 5 or above in GCSE science, it’s preferable that you have studied separate science chemistry (triple science). You will need to be interested in Chemistry. You will need to be numerate, and have GCSE Maths at grade 5.

Future opportunities

Chemistry is essential for certain careers in addition to the Chemical Industry and Research, e.g. Medicine, Veterinary Science, Agricultural Specialists, Pharmacy, Forensic Science, Materials Specialists, etc. and is very useful in other scientific areas. It is also useful for Medical Laboratory Sciences, Radiography and Physiotherapy.

Many Chemistry students enter careers in Finance and Accountancy, Insurance and Law. The rigour and demands of a Chemistry course train students to be resilient and adaptable.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thomas Mills High School directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2017
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