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Chemistry AS/A Level at Sheldon School

Course description

The A Level will be taught over 2 years, with the content for the AS being covered in the fi rst year and an opportunity to take the AS at the end of the year will be available for some students. The course covers inorganic, organic and physical chemistry with the AS content being the less difficult aspect of each area. There is practical content throughout the course, with 12 practicals being compulsory and the skills and theory of these practicals will be part of the A level exams.

Course content

AS Chemistry The ideas, models and concepts revise and build on GCSE, AS Physical chemistry content covers: atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics, chemical equilibria and redox equations. AS Inorganic chemistry content covers: Periodicity, group 2 and group 7

AS Organic chemistry covers: Introduction to organic chemistry, alkanes, haloalkanes, alkenes, alcohols and organic analysis.

A Level Chemistry All AS content is covered and in addition A level physical chemistry covers: Thermodynamics, rate equations, equilibrium constant for homogeneous systems, electrodes potentials and electrochemical cells and acids and bases.

Inorganic chemistry covers: properti es of period 3 and their oxides, transition metals and reactions of ions in aqueous soluti on.

Organic chemistry covers: optical isomerism, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, aromatic chemistry, amines, polymers, amino-acids, proteins and DNA, organic synthesis, n.m.r. and chromatography

Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to have achieved an A grade at GCSE in Chemistry, or an A grade on the Chemistry Additi onal Science paper. Students with B grades will be considered on an individual basis.


Terminal exams at the end of Year 12 for AS. End of Year 13 for A level. Throughout the course teachers have to assess whether the students pass or fail the practical aspect of the course and this will appear as a seperate pass/fail on their certificate.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sheldon School directly.

Last updated date: 28 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years