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Chemistry AQA A Level 'Fees payable' at Hethersett Old Hall School

Course description

Chemistry is suitable for entry into a wide range of professions and success in this subject demonstrates strong intellectual and analytical ability.

Course content

What and how will I study?

With a mix of laboratory practical and theoretical

teaching, the course covers a range of fascinating and challenging topics within the following units:

The first year of A Level:

Physical chemistry

  • You will learn about the structure of the atom, the importance of atomic masses, formulae and equations, chemical calculations, chemical bonding and structure, energetics, redox, equilibria and kinetics.

Inorganic chemistry 

  • You will learn about periodicity and the trends and patterns in the periodic table, the elements in group 2 and the elements in group 7.

Organic chemistry

  • You will learn about the properties and reactions of alkanes, halogenoalkanes, alkenes, alcohols and the analysis of organic compounds.

The second year of A Level:

Physical chemistry

  • You will study thermodynamics, rate equations, equilibrium constants for homogeneous systems, electrode potentials, electrochemical cells, acids and bases.

Inorganic chemistry

  • You will study the properties of the period 3 elements and their oxides, transition metal chemistry and the reactions of ions in aqueous solution.

Organic chemistry

  • You will study optical isomerism, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, aromatic chemistry, amines, polymers, amino acids, proteins and DNA, organic synthesis and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

Entry requirements

It is preferable that you have achieved at least a B in GCSE science and a C in mathematics in order to study this subject at A Level.


There will be six hours of examinations in May/June in your second year to assess the A Level (three twohour papers).
Your practical skills will be assessed through questions on the examination papers.
The material assessed will be the content from the two years of A Level study.

Financial information

ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.  

Future opportunities

Studying chemistry will help if you are intending to study sciences at university. It is essential for medicine, pharmacy and environmental science. Chemistry at this level can be demanding but we are proud of our 100% success rate. It is preferable that you
have achieved at least B in GCSE science and C in mathematics in order to study chemistry at A Level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hethersett Old Hall School directly.

Last updated date: 06 October 2016
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