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Chemistry A Level at Hall Cross Academy

Course description

Chemistry is the study of matter. Chemistry is about understanding the properties of different substances and how these substances can change.

Chemistry allows us to predict how substances may alter when the surrounding conditions change, or how they may react to form new substances, and to explain why this happens.

Chemists are continually changing matter into new and more useful forms.

Course content

AS Level

The course is split into three key parts and will consist of two exams in AS.

  • The physical section involves looking at the structure of the atom, the way atoms bond and the mathematics that power chemical reactions.
  • The inorganic section of chemistry considers the patterns of the periodic table looking specifically as the trends going down a group and across period 3. 
  • The organic section assesses the naming of molecules and involves studying the millions of covalent compounds of the element carbon. Organic mechanisms will be taught and examined which allow chemical reactions to happen.

In conjunction to this you will be expected to keep a lab book with all of the practicals that you complete. These will also be graded and marks sent to the exam board.

A Level

The A2 course builds on the physical, inorganic and organic work that was studied at AS. This time there will be three examinations.

  • In addition to the earlier physical side of chemistry studied at AS you will also be taught about the complex nature of transition metals. Le Chatelier’s principle, and the way that it can be used to predict the effects of changes in temperature, pressure and concentration on the yield of a reversible reaction is studied in great depth. This has important consequences for many industrial processes.
  • For the inorganic section of A2 chemistry we look at the way in which the Periodic Table provides chemists with a structured organisation of the known chemical elements from which they can make sense of their physical and chemical properties. The historical development of the Periodic Table and models of atomic structure provide good examples of how scientific ideas andexplanations develop over time.
  • Finally for the organic section we consider the way that Kekulé originally studied the structure of benzene. You will also consider other carbonyl structures and the way they can be attacked by nucleophiles.


Entry requirements

High B grades in Chemistry or Core and Additional Science and B grade in Maths GCSE.


The AQA Chemistry course is designed to the highest standards, so teachers, students and their parents can be confident that an AQA award provides an accurate measure of a student’s achievements.

The assessment structures have been designed to achieve a balance between rigour, reliability and demands on candidates.

Future opportunities

Each year more students are studying science subjects as they realise that science degrees generally lead on to higher incomes. More students leave us with grades allowing them to study pure chemistry, or chemistry based subjects like medical chemistry, or environmental chemistry at University. If you want to join them then you must study chemistry at A level, preferably with mathematics.

AS or A level Chemistry is essential if you want to study Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry or Biochemistry at university. It is also appreciated by admissions tutors in many other subjects, including Law, due to its logical discipline.

It is useful if you want to go on and study subjects such as Geology, Physical Geography, Engineering, or Material Science. Many chemistry graduates are also recruited by the financial companies in big cities and so start with high starting salaries.

Studying Chemistry would even help you with the pyrotechnics in Theatre Studies and if you want to train in Art Conservation, a knowledge of Chemistry is necessary!

More of our students than ever before are choosing to study pure Chemistry at university.

Further information

Outside the classroom it is recommended that for every hour of learning completed in lesson, a further hour should be dedicated to private study around the subject.

On a Thursday and a Friday after school we run a revision session called Brew and Review. A large percentage of our Chemistry students choose to attend this to practice past paper questions and ask their teachers about areas they are confused with.

We even make you a cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate whilst you review your work!

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 May 2016
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