Chemistry A Level at The Purbeck School
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.
Year 12 content
Including atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics, chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s principle.
Including periodicity, Group 2 the alkaline earth metals, Group 7(17) the halogens.
Including introduction to organic chemistry, alkanes, halogenoalkanes, alkenes, alcohols, organic analysis.
Year 13 content
Including thermodynamics, rate equations, equilibrium constant (K ) for homogeneous systems, electrode potentials and electrochemical cells.
Including properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides, transition metals, reactions of ions in aqueous solution.
Including optical isomerism, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, aromatic chemistry, amines, polymers, amino acids, proteins and DNA, organic synthesis, NMR spectroscopy, chromatography
- GCSE Chemistry Grade B or GCSE 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.
Physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry and practical skills.
35% of A Level.
Physical chemistry, organic chemistry and practical skills.
35% of A Level.
All content and practical skills.
30% of A Level
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.