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Chemistry at Yavneh College

Course description

Exam Body: Edexcel

A-Level chemistry suits individuals who are focussed, able to think laterally, have good mathematical skills and an ability and desire to question results and analyse data. Chemists need to be methodical – practical work often needs to be repeated numerous times until the desired results are obtained – and a student who has the drive to continue at a problem until the desired result is achieved will do well. Students use a knowledge and understanding of fundamental chemistry concepts to explain different aspects of contemporary chemistry such as climate change, green chemistry, pharmaceuticals and chemistry research.


Course content

The course is divided into 6 units over 2 years. Units 1, 2 and 3 comprise the AS Level. Units 4, 5 and 6 comprise the A2 Level.

Unit 1: The Core Principles of Chemistry

Formulae, equations and amounts of substance; energetics; atomic structure and the Periodic Table; bonding; introductory organic chemistry. Contexts - green chemistry, industrial processes, nanotechnology, biofuels and new materials

Unit 2: Application of Core Principles of Chemistry

Shapes of molecules and ions; intermediate bonding and bond polarity; intermolecular forces; redox reactions; the Periodic Table groups 2 and 7; kinetics; chemical equilibria; organic chemistry; mechanisms; mass spectra and IR. Contexts - pharmaceuticals Industry, supramolecules, catalysts in biological systems, green chemistry.

Unit 3: Chemistry Laboratory Skills 1

Four practical assessments - general practical competence, qualitative observation, quantitative measurement, and preparation

Unit 4: General Principles of Chemistry I: Rates, Equilibria and Further Organic Chemistry

How fast? – rates; How far? – entropy; equilibria; applications of rates and equilibrium; acid/base equilibria; further organic chemistry; spectroscopy and chromatography. Contexts - green chemistry, industrial chemistry, biochemistry, food chemistry, polymers.

Unit 5: General Principles of Chemistry II: Transition Metals and Organic Nitrogen Chemistry

Redox and the chemistry of transition metals; organic chemistry – arenes; nitrogen compounds and synthesis. Contexts- chemistry of breathalysers, fuel cells, industrial processes, biochemistry, polymers

Unit 6: Chemistry Laboratory Skills II

As for Unit 3 OR 3 practical assessments - general practical competence, qualitative observation and one longer practical comprising both quantitative measurement and preparation.

Entry requirements

Students must have achieved at least Grade B in GCSE Chemistry or B grade in all modules if GCSE Dual Award Science studied (Additional Applied Science not accepted) and Grade B in GCSE Mathematics.

Please refer to the the school's course booklet for further entry requirements.



Units 1, 2 and 3 comprise the AS Level. Units 4, 5 and 6 comprise the A2 Level. Units 1, 2, 4 and 5 are examined by written examinations involving short answer questions, extended answer questions, contemporary context questions and data questions. Units 3 and 6 are examined by centre-assessed practicals.

Future opportunities

Chemistry is essential for some careers and desirable for many others e.g. medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, nanotechnology, alternative fuels, polymers, science teaching, nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, forensics, materials design, scientific patent law, homeopathy, business, computational modelling, environmental management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Yavneh College directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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