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Chemistry A Level at East Sussex College

Course description

On this A level course you will study the following course content: In the first year:Physical Chemistry; atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics, chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s principle, oxidation, reduction and redox equationsInorganic Chemistry; periodicity of period 3 elements, Group 2 alkaline earth metals (Be, Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba) and Group 7(17), the halogens ( F2, Cl2,Br2, I2 )3.3 Organic Chemistry; introduction to organic chemistry naming, structure, structual isomerism and key chemical features of organic molecules. In depth study of the chemistry of alkanes, haloalkanes, alkenes, and alcohols. Organic analysis to include mass spectrometry and infared spectroscopy to identify organic molecules. In addition to course content you will carry out a variety of practical procedures and be expected to keep a log of these. You will also develop analytical and evaluative chemical skills.In the second year:Physical Chemistry; thermodynamics, rate equations, equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems, electrode potential and electrochemical cells, acids and bases.Inorganic Chemistry; properties of period 3 elements and their oxides, chemistry and uses of transition metals, reactions of transition metal ions in aqueous solution.Organic Chemistry; optical isomerism, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, aromatic chemistry of benzene, amines, polymers (eg, polyethene, PVC, nylon and kevlar) strtucture and function ofamino acids, proteins and DNA, organic synthesis, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and chromatography.

Entry requirements

You will need to meet our standard entry requirements.

You will need at least GCSE Maths grade C/5 and Combined Science grade BB/6-6 or Chemistry and either Biology or Physics grade B/6.


You will be assessed by your teacher at regular intervals during the two years using a combination of homework assignments, short tests and longer tests You will be formally assessed at the end of the second yearPaper 1(35%) 105 marks, 2 hours includes:A mixture of short and long answer questionsRelevant physical chemistry topics, inorganic chemistry and relevant practical skillsPaper 2(35%) 105 marks, 2 hours includes:A mixture of short and long answer questionsRelevant physical chemistry topics, organic chemistry and relevant practical skillsPaper 3 (30%) 90 marks, 2 hours includes:All content and practical skills.40 marks of questions on practical techniques and data analysis, 20 marks of questions across the specification and 30 multiple choice questions.

Future opportunities

This course offers a pathway to many university courses where you can study either a broad-based science course or one in which you specialise in a particular area of science. Many students go on to study medicine, veterinary, chemistry, pharmacy, nursing, and chemical or physical engineering.

Further information

You will need to be highly motivated, determined and hard working as Chemistry is a demanding subject with a high workload. You will be expected to devote at least 4 hours outside of class to regularly review concepts and to keep your notes organised. You should also have good mathematical ability.

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: 18 December 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: 5590/021
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