Why study chemistry?

Emphasis throughout this course is on developing knowledge, competence and confidence in practical skills and problem solving. You will learn how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

This is an interesting and challenging experience to link key chemical ideas and understand how they relate to each other. You will develop transferable skills including investigation, problem solving, research, decision making, mathematical skills and analytical skills.

A Level chemistry opens up a range of possibilities for further study and careers associated with the subject.

What will I learn about?

  • Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations enthalpy, entropy and free energy
  • Amount of substance redox and electrode potentials
  • Acid–base and redox reactions transition elements
  • Electrons, bonding and structure Organic chemistry
  • The periodic table and periodicity Polymers
  • Group 2 and the halogens’ organic synthesis
  • Reaction rates and equilibrium analytical techniques (IR and MS)
  • pH and buffers chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR)

How will I be assessed?

  • Examinations
  • A wide range of question types including multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions
  • Demonstrate your knowledge of both theory and practical skills

To achieve a practical endorsement, you will be expected, through a range of experiments, to display your competency in:

  • following procedures
  • applying an investigative approach when using instruments and equipment
  • working safely
  • making and recording observations
  • researching, referencing and reporting

Further pathway and careers

  • Doctor
  • Chemist
  • Chemical manufacturing
  • Forensics
  • Environmental protection
  • Study science or maths at university
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Teaching
  • Law

Entry requirements

Two GCSEs at grade 5 in science and grade 5 in maths.

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