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Chemistry A Level at West Lakes Academy

Course description

The course explores chemistry in three core areas, it is split over two years and can be taken as an AS or A Level qualification

Course content

AS and first year of A

Level Physical chemistry topics studied: Including atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics, chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s principle.

Inorganic chemistry topics studied: Including periodicity, Group 2 the alkaline earth metals, Group 7(17) the halogens.

Organic chemistry topics studied: Including introduction to organic chemistry, alkanes, halogenoalkanes, alkenes, alcohols, organic analysis.

Second year of A Level

Physical chemistry topics studied: Including thermodynamics, rate equations, equilibrium constant (Kc) for homogeneous systems, electrode potentials and electrochemical cells.

Inorganic chemistry topics studied: Including properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides, transition metals, reactions of ions in aqueous solution.

Organic chemistry topics studied: Including optical isomerism, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, aromatic chemistry, amines, polymers, amino acids, proteins and DNA, organic synthesis, NMR spectroscopy, and chromatography.

Entry requirements

For you to be successful in AS/A Level Chemistry you need to have achieved: 5 A* to C at GCSE, B in GCSE Chemistry or additional science, B in another science GCSE and a 5 in mathematics.


For AS Level the course is assessed by two written exams;

  • these are 1 hour 30 minutes long and each is worth 80 marks.
  • The papers consist of 65 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions (65 marks) and multiple choice questions (15 marks).
  • You will also complete 12 set experiments throughout the course which assess five skill areas and receive a pass or fail alongside your grade for these.

For A Level the course is assessed by three written exams:

  • Papers one and two assess all three areas of chemistry and relevant practical skills; they are both two hours long and are worth 105 marks each, combined they account for 70% of your A Level.
  • Paper three examines the entire course and is constructed of 40 marks for questions on practical techniques and data analysis, 20 marks on testing across the specification and 30 marks of multiple choice questions. The exam is two hours long, worth 90 marks and account for 30% of your A Level.

Future opportunities

AS and A Level Chemistry is regarded as one of the hardest academic qualifications but also one of the most rewarding. It is classed as a facilitating subject by Russell Group universities and is included in the English Baccalaureate award.

Chemistry is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, nursing, biochemistry, dentistry or forensic science. It will also equip you for a career in industry, for example in the petrochemical or pharmaceutical industries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Lakes Academy directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2017
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