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Chemistry A level at Edmonton County School

Course description

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.

Course content

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.

Entry requirements

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. 

Future opportunities

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.

Last updated date: 16 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September