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Chemistry

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This is a contemporary course which aims to develop the student's enthusiasm for Chemistry by exploring its relevance beyond the laboratory. Students will have opportunities to gain hands on practical skills as well as enhance their data handling and problem solving ability.

 

COURSE CONTENT

AS UNITS

Unit 1

(You will be assessed in a written examination of 1hour 15 minutes.)

Foundation Chemistry builds on the atomic structure and the construction of the periodic table studied at GCSE. It then extends to the use of the mass spectrometer, intermolecular forces and organic chemistry.

Unit 2

(Assessment is again via written examination lasting 1 hour 45 minutes.)

Chemistry in Action examines collision theory and effect, the extraction and use of metals and the redox properties of the halogens and halide ions. Organic chemistry within this unit includes the mechanisms and reactions of haloalkanes and alkenes.

Unit 3

(Practical Assessment)

Students will be assessed on their investigative and practical skills in this unit, specifically, making observations and measurements, and analysing and evaluating results.
 

A2 UNITS

Unit 4

(The written examination for this unit lasts 1 hour 45 minutes.)

This unit focuses on the role of the modern chemist in organic synthesis and analysis, examining polymer, carbonyl and amine chemistry as well as looking at the properties and reactions of acids and bases.

Unit 5

(Assessment is via written examination and lasts 1hour 45 minutes.)

Thermodynamics and periodicity are studied in this unit, along side redox equilibria and the many vital properties and uses of transition metals.

Unit 6

(Practical assessment)

Students' investigative skills are also assessed at A2.  Although the problems will be more complex, the focus of the assessment is the same as in Unit 3.

 

CAREER POSSIBILITIES

The problem solving, numeracy, data handling, analysis, team working, communication and report writing skills gained during A level Chemistry open up opportunities in a vast range of career areas, both inside and outside the laboratory. Chemistry is vital for medical sciences but can also lead to careers in forensics, engineering, pharmaceuticals, toxicology, law, accountancy, physiotherapy and many other exciting and varied fields of work.

 

GCSE GRADE PROFILE

Students studying Chemistry at this level should normally have A*-C grades in a range of GCSE subjects including English and Maths. In order to cope with the complexity of the subject at A Level, Chemistry students should have at least a B in both Science GCSEs (Core and Additional).