Chemistry A level at Edmonton County School
A-level Chemistry attempts to answer the big question ‘what is the world made of’ and it’s the search for this answer that makes this subject so fascinating. From investigating how one substance can be changed drastically into another, to researching a new wonder drug to save millions of lives, the opportunities that chemistry provides are endless.
first year - Atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics, chemical equilibrium, Le Chatelier’s principle, periodicity, Group 2 the alkaline earth metals, Group 7(17) the halogens, introduction to organic chemistry, alkanes, halogen alkanes and alkenes.
Second year - Thermodynamics, rate equations, the equilibrium constant, electrode potentials and electrochemical cells, properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides, transition metals, reactions of ions in aqueous solution, optical isomerism, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, aromatic chemistry, amines, polymers, amino acids, proteins and DNA, organic synthesis, NMR spectroscopy and chromatography.
Triple Science A*-B, and a B in unit 3 or
Double Science A*-A grades plus a B in Maths
There is no coursework on this course. However, your performance during practicals will be assessed.
There are three exams at the end of the two years for A-level, all of which are two hours long.
At least 15% of the marks for A-level Chemistry are based on what you have learned within your practicals.
Possible degree options
Chemistry, Biology, Pre-clinical medicine, Mathematics, Pharmacology.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Edmonton County School directly.