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Chemistry A Level at The Purbeck School

Course description

There is much more to chemistry than white coats, laboratories and mixing chemicals together. If you’ve a passion for discovering how things work, using logic and analysis skills, then chemistry is the subject for you.

Course content

Year 12 content

Physical chemistry
Including atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics, chemical equilibria 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, halogenoalkanes, alkenes, alcohols, organic analysis.

Year 13 content

Physical Chemistry
Including thermodynamics, rate equations, equilibrium constant (K ) for homogeneous systems, 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


  • GCSE Chemistry Grade B oGCSE Additional Science Grade B (with a B in the Chemistry aspect)
  • GCSE Maths Grade B


A list of 12 required practical activities that students must carry out is provided by AQA. Exam questions will be based on these practicals. However, there will be many more practical opportunities for students throughout the course.

Paper 1
Physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry and practical skills.
2 hours.
105 marks.
35% of A Level.

Paper 2
Physical chemistry, organic chemistry and practical skills.
2 hours.
105 marks.
35% of A Level.

Paper 3
All content and practical skills.
2 hours.
90 marks.
30% of A Level

Future opportunities

Chemistry opens the door to a wide variety of potential career paths, for example:

  • Chemical sciences (including materials, environmental, forensics, marine)
  • Food science (including plants, agriculture, nutrition)
  • Biological sciences (including zoology, ecology, genetics)
  • Medicine (including dentistry, vetinary)
  • Medical sciences (including pharmacology, biomedical sciences)
  • Anatomy and physiology (including pathology, microbiology)
  • Chemical Engineering

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Purbeck School directly.

Last updated date: 22 March 2017
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