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Chemistry A Level at Longsands Academy

Course description

Chemistry is about …

  • understanding atomic and molecular structure;

  • understanding the reactions between different elements and compounds and the role this has in everyday life;

  • understanding the impact and implications of chemistry on the world in which we live today, particularly in relation to the environment and its protection.


Course Description:

Chemistry is an exciting and ever-changing discipline which continues to provide society with new medicines, materials and, more recently through advances in green chemistry, solutions to solve some of the environmental concerns of the 21st Century. Furthermore, physical and theoretical chemists continue to develop a more detailed understanding of the energetics of chemical reactions and the nature of individual atoms.

Course content

This course greatly extends the learning gained at GCSE and is roughly split into the three traditional sub-divisions of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, beginning with an introduction to the foundations of chemistry that covers aspects of all three. It is these early modules that will bridge the gap between content embedded at GCSE level (chemical substances, reactions, equations, acids, structure and bonding) and more advanced principles and theories that make up the remainder of the course. The organic modules look at hydrocarbons, aliphatic and aromatic molecules, polymers, synthesis and analytical techniques, while the inorganic modules cover the periodic table, reactions of elements and transition metal chemistry. The physical chemistry topics include enthalpy, energy, rates, cells and pH. Throughout the course, there will also be plenty of opportunities to develop practical skills and combine experimental observations and measurements with theoretical principles to build new knowledge.


Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry

Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation.

Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry


  • atoms, compounds, molecules and equations
  • amount of substance
  • acid-base and redox reactions
  • elections, bonding and structure

Module 3 – Periodic table and energy


  • the Periodic table and periodicity
  • group 2 and the halogens
  • qualitative analysis
  • enthalpy changes
  • reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative)

Module 4 – Core organic chemistry


  • basic concepts
  • hydrocarbons
  • alcohols and haloalkanes
  • organic synthesis
  • analytical techniques (IR, MS)

Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements


  • reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative)
  • pH and buffers
  • enthalpy, entropy and free energy
  • redox and electrode potentials
  • transition elements

Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis


  • aromatic compounds
  • carbonyl compounds
  • carboxylic acids and esters
  • nitrogen compounds
  • polymers
  • organic synthesis
  • chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR)







Entry requirements

Triple: A minimum of a grade ‘7’ in GCSE Chemistry and at least one ‘6’ grade or higher in either GCSE Biology or Physics.

Double: A minimum of a grade ‘7’ in both the GCSE Chemistry papers and at least two ‘6’ grades in GCSE Science overall.

Students must have at least a grade ‘5’ in GCSE Mathematics and English Language.

APS: 6.5

Future opportunities

Chemistry is a highly valued A Level owing to the academic rigour associated with this subject and the need to develop skills of logic and analysis. Chemistry A Level is essential for those wishing to pursue medicine/dentistry or veterinary studies. Chemistry may be used directly to support a wide range of degree level subjects including: pure chemistry, industrial chemistry, environmental chemistry, biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, chemical engineering, forensic science, green chemistry, analytical chemistry and geology/geochemistry. Indirectly, chemistry will also support applications to: numerate degrees, engineering and applied science.

Further information

For further information please contact Mr Lesurf, Director of Science, at the St. Neots Sixth Form Centre via


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 May 2019
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years