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Chemistry A Level at The Harvey Grammar School

Course description



Examining Board: Edexcel Head of Department: Mr Maull


Chemistry is the study of matter, i.e. everything in the world around us. This course will deepen your understanding of what makes matter different, while at the same time, covering the knowledge, understanding and skills associated with the application of Chemistry in a modern society.

You will gain an appreciation of the contributions Chemists make through their work. You will learn how to obtain useful materials from naturally occurring substances and see how Chemists use modern advances in Information Communication Technology and Instrumentation. You will regularly use and develop your scientific and practical skills, and have the opportunity for external visits to see Chemistry in action.

The 3 A Level modules are:

Paper 1 Advanced Inorganic and Physical Chemistry 30%

Content Summary: Topic 1: Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table; Bonding and Structure; Redox; Inorganic Chemistry and the Periodic Table; Formulae, Equations and Amounts of Substance; Energetics; Equilibrium; Acid-base Equilibria; Transition Metals

Paper 2 Advanced Organic and Physical Chemistry 30 %

Content Summary: Bonding & Structure, Redox, Formulae, Equations and Amounts of Substance, Organic Chemistry, Kinetics and Modern Analytical Techniques.

Paper 3 General and Practical Principles in Chemistry 40% - A mixture of all topics.

Clearly, Chemistry links well with the other Science subjects, (Biology, Physics) for the most able, as well as with Mathematics, but it would also be very useful if you were considering a Geography or Environmental-related career, as well as with Computing, ICT, or Law. Visit the Royal Society of Chemistry web-site to see profiles of the many jobs that require Chemistry:

Entry requirements


Entry Criteria: GCSE grade 6 in Chemistry or Combined Science (Trilogy). In addition, you must have scored a grade 7 in either of the Chemistry papers.

GCSE grade 5 in English (Language or Literature) and GCSE grade 5 in Mathematics

How to apply

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Last updated date: 22 January 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years