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Chemistry A Level at Vyners School

Course description

Chemistry is the central science.

It encompasses such an extensive spectrum of topics and is absolutely fundamental to our understanding of the world around us. This course provides a stimulating and exciting insight into the concepts, content and relevance of modern day chemistry.

During the first year, students will study the core foundations of Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry.

The knowledge acquired in Year 12 is extended further in the second year, where students are introduced to key concepts in Advanced Organic, Inorganic and  Physical Chemistry.

Practical skills are vital in Chemistry and these will be assessed continuously throughout the course by the teacher, contributing towards a final portfolio.

Course content

Year 12

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding and structure
  • Redox
  • Inorganic chemistry and the periodic table
  • Formulae, equations and amount of substance
  • Organic chemistry 1
  • Modern analytical techniques
  • Energetics 1
  • Kinetics 1
  • Equilibrium 1

Year 13

  • Equilibrium 2
  • Acid-base equilibria
  • Energetics 2
  • Redox 2
  • Transition metals
  • Kinetics
  • Organic chemistry 2
  • Organic chemistry 3
  • Modern analytical techniques 2


Entry requirements

BB in Double Science. At least 2 Bs in Triple Science, one of which must be in Chemistry, and B in Maths.

Please note: 20% of all questions in the Chemistry examinations will require competent
Level 2 (GCSE) mathematical skills.



The A Level qualification involves sitting three examination papers.

These are

  • 'Advanced Inorganic and Physical Chemistry' (Paper 1),
  • 'Advanced Organic and Physical Chemistry' (Paper 2)
  • 'General and Practical Skills in Chemistry' (Paper 3).

Throughout Years 12 and 13 there are set practicals that all students must complete and write up in full.

These practicals will be tested indirectly through the exams and also directly as a pass or fail through the teacher assessed practical endorsement.

Future opportunities

Chemistry is an academic and rigorous subject.

It helps enhance and provides students with many skills, preparing them for demanding courses at University. A Level Chemistry is essential for the study of Medicine, Veterinary Science and Pharmacy.

However, students have also progressed to study Maths, Law and other arts based subjects.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 May 2016
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