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Chemistry at Brighouse High School

Course description

Physical Chemistry

This is the study of macroscopic, atomic, subatomic and particulate phenomena in chemical systems. This encompasses a diverse range of topics including; atomic structure, bonding, amount of substance, kinetics, equilibria and pH.

Inorganic Chemistry

This is the study of the structure, properties and reactions of inorganic compounds. This section focuses on trends visible in the periodic table and properties exhibited by elements in particular groups, e.g. the transition metals.

Organic Chemistry

This is the study of the structure, properties and reactions of organic compounds. This section is concerned with the vast amount of covalent compounds of the element carbon, and links closely to topics studied in Biology. The nomenclature, structure, properties and reactions of these compounds is studied, in addition to analytical techniques.

A practical endorsement will be assessed by teachers; students will be expected to develop and demonstrate competency in a range of skills that are not assessable in written exams. Students will achieve a pass or fail in this area which will appear on their qualification certificate. This assessment will not contribute to their overall grade. Other practical skills will be assessed in exams.


Course content

Physical chemistry

AS & A-Level

1.1 Atomic structure

1.2 Amount of substance

1.3 Bonding

1.4 Energetics

1.5 Kinetics

1.6 Chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s principle

1.7 Oxidation, reduction and redox equations

A-Level Only

1.8 Thermodynamics 

1.9 Rate equations

1.10 Equilibrium constant Kc for homogeneous systems

1.11 Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells

1.12 Acids and bases


Inorganic chemistry

AS & A-level

2.1 Periodicity

2.2 Group 2, the alkaline earth metals

2.3 Group 7(17), the halogens

A-Level Only

2.4 Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides

2.5 Transition metals

2.6 Reactions of ions in aqueous solution


Organic chemistry

AS & A-Level

3.1 Introduction to organic chemistry

3.2 Alkanes

3.3 Halogenoalkanes

3.4 Alkenes

3.5 Alcohols

3.6 Organic analysis

A-Level Only

3.7 Optical isomerism

3.8 Aldehydes and ketones

3.9 Carboxylic acids and derivatives

3.10 Aromatic chemistry

3.11 Amines

3.12 Polymers

3.13 Amino acids, proteins and DNA

3.14 Organic synthesis

3.15 Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy 

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements: A minimum of 5 GCSE A*-C including Mathematics and English language.

 A minimum of a grade B is required in triple sciences or a B grade in core science and a grade B in additional science.


Assessment: 4 exams at the end of 2 years of study in May/June 2018.

 This is a two year linear course.  The AS is a standalone qualification if taken, and does not count towards the full A2.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brighouse High School directly.

Last updated date: 08 January 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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