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Chemistry A Level at Highbury College

Course description

This programme combines practical and theoretical elements and includes regular investigations in the laboratory.

The A Level will provide you with a solid grounding in key concepts including chemical bonding, materials, the periodic table and practical research.

This course can be taken either as a standalone qualification or combined with other A Levels or a vocational qualification.

Course content

AS Level units:

Unit F331 Chemistry for Life

  • Atomic structure/ radioactivity
  • Chemical equations/ amount of substance
  • Periodic Table/ Group 2 chemistry
  • Bonding/shapes of molecules
  • Thermochemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Introduction to entropy
  • Dealing with polluting exhaust emissions

Unit F332 Chemistry of Natural Resources

  • Halogen, redox, halogenoalkane and industrial chemistry
  • Periodic Table
  • Intermolecular dipole bonds
  • Giant covalent structures
  • Rates of reaction
  • Chemical equilibrium
  • Radical reactions
  • Electromagnetic spectrum/ the interaction of radiation with matter
  • Hydrogen bonding
  • Alkene reactions
  • Addition polymerisation
  • E/Z isomerism
  • Alcohol reactions
  • Infrared spectra

Unit F333 – Chemistry in Practice

A Level units

Unit F334 Chemistry of Materials

  • Phenols, carboxylic acids, esters, carbonyl compounds
  • Acid–base reactions
  • Medicine manufacture/ testing;
  • IR spectroscopy/mass spectroscopy
  • Condensation polymers
  • Amines and amides
  • Factors affecting the properties of polymers
  • Disposal of polymers
  • Rates of reaction
  • Enzyme catalysis
  • Optical isomerism
  • Amino acid/ protein chemistry
  • The structure/ function of DNA
  • Redox reactions
  • Electrode potentials
  • D-block chemistry
  • Colorimetry

Unit F335 Chemistry by Design

  • An overview of structure and bonding, including shapes of molecules
  • Equilibrium/ equilibrium constant
  • Aspects of nitrogen chemistry, including the nitrogen cycle
  • An overview of redox reactions
  • Costs of an industrial process/ hazards and their effect on society
  • Chemical origins of colour in transition metal compounds/ organic compounds
  • Analysing pigments /oils, restoring paintings
  • Dyes/ dyeing
  • Dissolving
  • Acid–base equilibria and pH
  • Entropy
  • Disposing of carbon dioxide
  • Molecular recognition
  • Computer modelling /design of drugs
  • Synthesis of organic molecules
  • NMR spectroscopy
  • Using spectroscopic techniques to elucidate structure

Unit F336 Chemistry Individual Investigation             

Entry requirements

You will have 5 GCSEs at C or above, including Double Science (BB).


The programme includes regular work in the College’s science labs as well as taught lessons and self-directed study.

For the AS Level you will complete two external assessments of between 85 and 100 minutes each and one coursework assessment.

For the A Level you will complete two external assessments of between 90 and 120 minutes each and one coursework assessment.

Successful completion of the AS Level is needed to progress to the A Level units.

Future opportunities

This programme could lead to a career related to chemistry, such as research, medicine, forensic science, biochemistry or pharmacology. The A Level can be used to progress to university, along with other A Level subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Highbury College directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2016
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