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Chemistry A level at Kings Langley School

Course description

Chemistry is an exciting and challenging course, developed to give students a thorough understanding into the concepts of today’s changing chemical world. This is a highly recognised course by universities, because it encompasses manipulative, theoretical, numerical, ICT and problem solving skills.

It will help you to develop skills such as accuracy and precision, objectivity, enquiry, initiative and insight.

It will help you to appreciate the contribution of chemistry to society and take an informed interest in scientific matters.

It will teach you to apply knowledge, principles and concepts from different areas of the subject.

Chemistry is essential for the study of Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry and Chemical Engineering. It is useful for careers in research, marketing and the pharmaceutical, agrochemical and food industries. Universities not only offer courses in Natural Sciences but also combine Chemistry with languages, Economics, ICT, Astronomy, Business Studies and Law.

Course content

The course consists of 6 Modules:

Module 1 Development of Practical skills in Chemistry - Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation

Module 2 Foundations in Chemistry Includes; Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations, Amount of substance, Acid base and redox reactions, Electrons bonding and structure

Module 3 Periodic Table and Energy. Includes: The Periodic Table and periodicity ,Group 2 and the halogens, Qualitative analysis, Enthalpy changes, Reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative)

Module 4 Core organic chemistry. Includes: Basic concepts, Hydrocarbons , Alcohols and haloalkines, Organic synthesis, Analytical techniques (IR, MS)

Module 5 Physical Chemistry and transition element Includes: Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative), ph and buffers, Enthalopy, entropy and free energy, redox and electrode potentials Transition elements

Module 6 Organic chemistry and analysis Includes: Aromatic compounds, Carbonyl compounds, Carboxylic acids and esters, Nitrogen compounds, Polymers, Organic synthesis, Chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR)

Entry requirements

BB in Science GCSE, including B in chosen subject and at least a B in GCSE Maths.



Written Paper 1. 2 hours 15 minutes. Periodic Table, Elements & Physical Chemistry. Weighting 37%.

Written Paper 2. 2 hours 15 minutes. Synthesis & analytical techniques. Weighting 37%.

Written Paper 3. 1 hour 30 minutes. Unified Chemistry.

Practical endorsement - internal.

Future opportunities

Careers for which A level Chemistry is advantageous: Agricultural scientist, art restorer, bacteriologist, biochemist, brewer, chemical engineer, chemist, civil engineer, conservationalist, cosmetics scientist, dentist, doctor, food scientist, forensic scientist, geologist, marine scientist, materials scientist, metallurgist, patent lawyer, pharmacist, production manager, research scientist, scientific officer, sports scientist, teacher, veterinary surgeon, zoologist.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kings Langley School directly.

Last updated date: 26 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years