Chemistry A Level at Highbury College
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.
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
- 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
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
- Acid–base equilibria and pH
- 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
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.
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.