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Chemistry A2 level at North Liverpool Academy

Course description

If you have ever asked the question ‘Why?’ then Chemistry is probably for you. Chemistry deals with the building blocks of everything in the Universe and looks at how they interact with each other to make up everything that you can see and all of the things that you can’t.

Chemistry is considered the gateway science as it combines well with many other subjects from sciences to arts.

Course content

AS Modules:

Physical chemistry

  • Atomic structure
  • Amount of substance
  • Bonding
  • Energetics
  • Kinetics
  • Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc
  • Oxidation, reduction and redox equations
  • Inorganic chemistry


  • Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
  • Group 7(17), the halogens
  • Organic chemistry

Introduction to organic chemistry

  • Alkanes
  • Halogenoalkanes
  • Alkenes
  • Alcohols
  • Organic analysis

A2 Modules:

Physical chemistry

  • Thermodynamics
  • Rate equations
  • Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems
  • Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells
  • Acids and bases
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides
  • Transition metals
  • Reactions of ions in aqueous solution
  • Organic chemistry
  • Optical isomerism
  • Aldehydes and ketones
  • Carboxylic acids and derivatives
  • Aromatic chemistry
  • Amines
  • Polymers
  • Amino acids, proteins and DNA
  • Organic synthesis
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
  • Chromatography

Entry requirements

Minimum Grade BB or above in GCSE Core and Additional Science (Triple science would be an advantage) and Grade B or above in GCSE Maths. Alongside a keen interest in Chemistry and the world around you.


AS Level Chemistry has 2 examinations that will take place in May/June. Six Practical assessment tasks will be carried out throughout the year and will be assessed within the 2 examinations.

A2 Level Chemistry has three examinations that will take place in May/ June at the end of year 13. Twelve practical assessments will be carried out throughout AS and A2. A separate endorsement of practical skills will be taken alongside the A-level. This will be assessed by teachers and will be based on direct observation of students’ competency in a range of skills that are not assessable in written exams.

Future opportunities

Chemistry is the foundation science for a variety of university courses and interesting careers, such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, forensics, veterinary science, biochemistry and industrial chemistry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact North Liverpool Academy directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years