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Chemistry AS & A Level at Hornsea School and Language College

Course description

Chemistry is an important subject in its own right but it is also central to the study of many branches of science. With biology and/or physics, it opens the door to further study or a career in, for example: medicine, veterinary medicine, biochemistry,  catering, chemical engineering, dentistry, food science, forensic science, accountancy, metallurgy, pharmacy and textiles.

Course content

Year 12

Physical Chemistry:

  • Atomic structure
  • Amount of substance
  • Bonding
  • Energetics
  • Kinetics
  • Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier's   principle and Kc
  • Oxidation, reduction and redox equations

Inorganic Chemistry:

  • Periodicity
  • Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
  • Group 7(17), the halogens

Organic Chemistry:

  • Introduction to organic chemistry
  • Alkanes
  • Halogenoalkanes
  • Alkenes
  • Alcohols
  • Organic analysis

Year 13

Physical Chemistry:

  • Thermodynamics
  • Rate equations
  • Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems
  • Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells
  • Acids and bases

Inorganic Chemistry:

  • Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides
  • Transition metals
  • Reactions of ions in aqueous solution

Organic Chemistry:

  • Optical isomerism
  • Aldehydes and ketones
  • Carboxylic acids and derivatives
  • Aromatic chemistry
  • Amines
  • Polymers
  • Amino acids, proteins and DNA
  • Organic synthesis
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
  • Chromatography

Entry requirements

Minimum grade B, B in double award GCSE science


Minimum grade B in chemistry for triple award GCSE science


Minimum grade 6 in GCSE maths


Y13: 3 external examinations, 100%

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hornsea School and Language College directly.

Last updated date: 20 January 2017
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