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Chemistry at The New Sixth Bath

Course description

This course aims to extend your knowledge of Chemistry by looking at chemical ideas in more detail in different everyday contexts. Students will also get a chance to develop investigative and practical skills.

AS Level:

Unit 1: Chemistry for Life. Topics include: atomic structure, radioactivity, Periodic Table, bonding and the shapes of molecules, organic chemistry and an introduction to entropy.

Unit 2: Chemistry of Natural Resources. Topics include: halogen chemistry, redox chemistry, giant covalent structures, rates of reaction, radical reactions and the electromagnetic spectrum.

Unit 3: Chemistry in Practice. The following skills are assessed: competence, measurement, analysis and evaluation, observation and interpretation.

A2 Level:

Unit 4: Chemistry of Materials. Topics include: phenols, carboxylic acids, esters, carbonyl compounds, acidbase reactions, medicine manufacture and testing, enzyme catalysis, amino acid and protein chemistry, the structure and function of DNA and colorimetry.

Unit 5: Chemistry by Design. Topics include an overview of structure and bonding, rates and equilibrium, the nitrogen cycle, industrial processes, including hazards and their effect on society. the chemical origins of colour in transition metal compounds and organic compounds, analysing pigments and oils, restoring paint-ings, dyes and dyeing, computer modelling and design of drugs.

Unit 6: Individual Investigation. The following skills are assessed: chemical ideas, methods, communication, observations and measurements, analysis and interpretation, evaluation, manipulation and demand.

Entry requirements

Students will have a minimum of a grade B in GCSE Chemistry or Additional Science and have enjoyed the GCSE course. A good grasp of mathematics is also essential - minimum of grade C Mathematics is required.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The New Sixth Bath directly.

Last updated date: 04 September 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years


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    • The New Sixth is located at the southern gateway to the World Heritage City of Bath with beautiful views towards the Severn estuary and over Bath. Access to the Sixth Form is easy as it is on main bus routes and next to the Bath Park and Ride terminus making it an easy destination for students.