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Chemistry at Astor College

Course description

Chemistry is a highly practical subject.  

The course is comprised of a range of required practical assessments reflecting the three different strands of the course; Physical, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry. These are designed to develop skills and competencies throughout the course.  

Due to Government changes to curriculum policy from September 2015, this subject will require all units to be assessed at the end of Year 13. However, our intention is for students to take the stand alone AS qualification at the end of Year 12, which the A2 course once competed will overwrite.

Course content

Whilst all modules to be studied are based on the three previously mentioned strands of Physical, Organic and Inorganic these include a number of key topics and an enhanced Mathematics environment.


AS and First Year of A Level

1. Physical Atomic structure, amount of substance, quantitative analysis

2. Inorganic Periodicity, Group2 Chemistry

3. Organic Alkanes, Alkenes and Alcohols


Second Year of A Level

1. Physical Rate equations, equilibrium constant and thermodynamics

2. Inorganic Transition metals and reactions of ions

3. Organic Polymers, aldehydes and analytical techniques


Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at C / 4 or above, including Science and Maths

Future opportunities

A-level Chemistry is essential if you are considering applying to university to study a number of courses including chemistry, life sciences, dentistry, medicine, environmental, forensic science, pharmacy or any other subject related to the material world.

There are hundreds of careers that would value A level chemistry and any further studies including veterinary nursing, pharmacist, analytical chemist, laboratory technician, medicine and the medical sciences.


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 27 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years