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Chemistry A Level at Lymm High Voluntary Controlled School

Course description

A-Level Chemistry continues from the GCSE course and begins with atomic structure. Quantitative chemistry is also important at the beginning of this course and pupils will need a sound understanding of maths to unravel yet more of the chemistry involved. Once grounded with the basics to A-level chemistry pupils then discover the three branches of chemistry – organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. Pupils regularly complete practicals, associated with their lessons, throughout the year.

Course content

Year 12 topics - Atomic Structure, Amount of Substance, Bonding and Periodicity, Introduction to Organic Chemistry, Energetics, Kinetics, Equilibria, Redox Reactions, Haloalkanes, Alkenes and Alcohols, Group 2 + Group 7 Chemistry, Extracting Metals, Analytical Techniques.

Year 13 topics - Further Kinetics, Further Equilibria, Carbonyl Chemistry, Aromatic chemistry, Amines and Amino Acids, Acids and Bases, Organic Synthesis, Structure determination, Thermodynamics, Further periodicity, Redox, Equilibria, Transition Metals, Reactions of Inorganic Compounds.

Entry requirements

Good mathematical skills are essential. Students will be expected to carry out complex calculations and to re-arrange equations. Grade B minimum at GCSE Chemistry or Additional Science and GCSE Mathematics. Students must understand that the Chemistry course will involve a lot of additional reading and exam question practice.


For pupils studying towards the AS qualification, exams are taken at the end of the first year. Pupils studying towards the A2 will be examined on all modules at the end of the two year course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lymm High Voluntary Controlled School directly.

Last updated date: 01 July 2015

Key information

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