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Chemistry AS/A Level at Prendergast - Hilly Fields College

Course description

Chemistry A-level goes into much more detail than GCSE. It 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.

Chemistry, like all sciences, is a practical subject. Throughout the course you will carry out practical activities including:

•Measuring energy changes in chemical reactions

•Tests for identifying different types of compound

•Different methods for measuring rates of reaction

•Studying electrochemical cells

•Preparation of organic solids and liquids •An advanced form of chromatography for more accurate results

Course content

 Year 12 -  Physical chemistry Including atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics, chemical equilibrium and Le Chatelier’s principle

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

Organic chemistry Including introduction to organic chemistry, alkanes, halogen alkanes, alkenes, alcohols, organic analysis

Year 13 -  Physical chemistry Including thermodynamics, rate equations, the equilibrium constant, electrode potentials and electrochemical cells Inorganic chemistry Including properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides, transition metals, reactions of ions in aqueous solution Organic chemistry Including optical isomerism, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, aromatic chemistry, amines, polymers, amino acids, proteins and DNA, organic synthesis, NMR spectroscopy, chromatography

Year 13 -  Physical chemistry Including thermodynamics, rate equations, the equilibrium constant, electrode potentials and electrochemical cells

Inorganic chemistry Including properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides, transition metals, reactions of ions in aqueous solution Organic chemistry Including optical isomerism, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, aromatic chemistry, amines, polymers, amino acids, proteins and DNA, organic synthesis, NMR spectroscopy, chromatography

Entry requirements

Double award GCSE science: BB equivalent Triple Scientists – minimum of B grade equivalent in the science you want to continue with English Language – B equivalent Mathematics – B equivalent It is highly recommended that chemistry is studied along side A-level Mathematics.

Assessment

A-level Chemistry lasts two years, with exams at the end of the second year. The list below shows what you’ll learn in each year.

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 learned in your practicals.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as Biology or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Chemistry, which could lead onto higher education in science related subjects or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Chemistry or one of the other sciences such as a Doctor, Nurse, Scientist or Pharmacist. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Prendergast - Hilly Fields College directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2017
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