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Chemistry A Level at Thomas Rotherham College (TRC)

Course description

The course is taught with a combination of theory and experimental work in modern dedicated chemistry laboratories. The Chemistry A Level course offered at TRC offers a broad introduction and insight into to the three branches of chemistry: organic, inorganic and physical.

Course content

The A Level Chemistry A Level course offered at TRC is taught in modern dedicated chemistry laboratories and offers a broad introduction and insight into to the three branches of chemistry: organic, inorganic and physical.


Development of Practical Skills

Chemistry is a practical subject and experimental work helps to develop important practical skills as well as enhancing your understanding of chemical theory. It also covers the skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation.


Foundations in Chemistry

This module covers atoms, ions, compounds, equations, amount of substance, acids, redox reactions, electrons, bonding, shapes of molecules and intermolecular forces.


Periodic Table and Energy

This covers trends in the periodic table, reactivity trends in Group 2 and the halogens, enthalpy, rates of reaction and equilibria.


Core Organic Chemistry

You will study the basic concepts of organic chemistry, the properties and reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alcohols and haloalkanes, followed by organic synthesis and spectroscopy.


Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements

In this module, you will cover in more detail rates of reaction, equilibria, acids, bases and pH, buffers and neutralisation, enthalpy, entropy, redox reactions, electrode potentials and transition elements.

Organic Chemistry and Analysis

This module builds upon Core Organic Chemistry and covers aromatic compounds, carbonyls, carboxylic acids, amines, amino acids, polymers, further organic synthesis, chromatography and spectroscopy.



Entry requirements

GCSE Science (2 x Grade 6 with a 6 in Chemistry if taken separately). Grade 5 Maths.


Written examinations and practical endorsement

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Future opportunities

With further training, you could go into a job related to Chemistry or one of the other sciences such as a Doctor, Dentist, Veterinary Surgeon, Pharmacist, Nurse, Scientist or Pharmacist or work in the Biomedical Science field.


Further information

To find out more about this qualification visit us on one of our Open Evenings or speak to your School/College Careers Advisor.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 December 2018
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    • The College is situated on Moorgate in Rotherham, about a 15 minute walk from the centre of Rotherham.  Buses leave the central Rotherham Interchange every 10 minutes and the journey takes approx. 5 minutes. 

      We also run dedicated bus services to ease your journey to and from College.  See for details and route information. 

      The College also has on-site permit parking for students, with priority given to students with the greatest distance to travel.