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Chemistry A Level at Rugby High School

Course description

Chemistry has a daily impact on our lives. By studying Chemistry you will gain a scientific understanding of a wide range of issues to make informed decisions. The new course will build on concepts and skills that will have been developed at GCSE. It presents Chemistry as an exciting, relevant and challenging subject. In order to succeed in Chemistry, you need to have a passion for both the subject and for learning.

Course content

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; electrons, 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 and 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; carbonyls compounds; carboxylic acids and esters; nitrogen compounds; polymers; organic synthesis; chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR).

Entry requirements

Entrance requirements are a minimum of a grade B in GCSE Science and a grade B in GCSE Additional Science or grades BBB in GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics. A minimum of a grade 6 in higher tier Maths is also required.

Future opportunities

A Level Chemistry is widely respected by universities and employers. The course is particularly suited to those who are looking towards the wide range of Chemistry-related higher education courses including Medicine, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Forensic Science, Environmental Science, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy, Optometry, Dentistry and food science. Subjects that support Chemistry include Biology, Physics and Maths. However, if Chemistry is your only science, it will give you useful breadth.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 September 2017
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