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A Level: Chemistry at Beauchamp College

Course description

Chemistry has a large practical content and much of your time is spent in the laboratory. The teaching style is quite different from the GCSE course and students are encouraged to adopt a responsible ownership of their learning, and to take advantage of the enormous Information Technology potential available at our College. As part of the course, experiences in lectures, seminars, practical laboratory work, one-to-one support, presentations and encouragement to see Chemistry in the wider economic and social context can be expected. Chemistry at Beauchamp has been a strong and successful department for many years and continues to be so.

Entry requirements

5 grade 5s (or equivalent), plus at least grade 5 in English Language or Literature.

Plus grade 5 in Maths.

6 or above in at least 2 Sciences.  

Assessment

The A-level is split into 19 topics, all of which are assessed in the final exams at the end of year 13.

Topic Title

1 Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table

2 Bonding and Structure

3 Redox I

4 Inorganic Chemistry and the Periodic Table

5 Formulae, Equations and Amounts of Substance

6 Organic Chemistry I

7 Modern Analytical Techniques I

8 Energetics I

9 Kinetics I

10 Equilibrium I

11 Equilibrium II

12 Acid-Base Equilibria

13 Energetics II

14 Redox II

15 Transition Metals

16 Kinetics II

17 Organic Chemistry II

18 Organic Chemistry III

19 Modern Analytical Techniques II 

You will complete three written exams at the end of A2.

• Paper 1 (1 hour 45 min, 30% of A-Level) Advanced Inorganic & Physical Chemistry.

• Paper 2 (1 hour 45 min, 30% of A-Level) Advanced Organic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry.

• Paper 3 (2 hours 30 mins, 40% of A-level) General and Practical principles in Chemistry.

A separate endorsement of practical work will be assessed by teachers which will not be graded. If students pass, it will be reported on their certificate, otherwise it will not be reported.

Future opportunities

Chemistry occupies a pivotal position in the Sciences as it is often referred to as a central Science because it joins together Physics and Mathematics, Biology and Medicine. Chemistry at AS and A2 level will help you develop transferable skills such as communication, problem solving and analytical thinking. Potential employers value the analytical and conceptual skills that are developed during the study of Chemistry. Such skills, coupled with the ability to work in a meticulous and accurate manner, enable Chemistry students to pursue careers within, or outside, the vast area of Science. Innumerable career prospects include: anatomy, agricultural science, beauty therapy, biochemistry, biology, physics, engineering, chemistry, dentistry, food science, forestry, medicine, pathology, polymer science, veterinary science, zoology and many, many more.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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