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A-Level Chemistry

Chemistry is the study of matter and energy and the interaction between them. This course explores the reactions of different elements in the periodic table, looks at different analytical techniques and constantly asks the question ‘Why?’ Chemistry A- Level is a practical subject and as a result you will develop advanced experimental skills and learn how to use your observations to arrive at a conclusion. Students who study Chemistry at A level find themselves very desirable to many employers.

Where will success take me?

If you have an interest in studying anything to do with Medicine, Engineering, Research, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Forensic science or Optometry then you should consider Chemistry as one of your options for A-Level study.

Entry Requirements

This course is ideal for those who have studied and enjoyed Core and Additional Science or the separate Sciences at GCSE. You must have achieved a minimum of B or BB grade Science, but also on the Chemistry unit paper.

Year Unit Title Details
AS 1 The language of Chemistry, Structure of Matter & Simple Reactions Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes – 20% of qualification

You will study formulae and evaluations, the atom, chemical calculations, bonding, solid structures, the periodic table, and acid based reactions.

2 Energy, Rate and Chemistry of Carbon Compounds Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes – 20% of qualification

You will study thermochemistry, rates, organic compounds and instrumental analysis.

A2 3 Physical and Inorganic Chemistry Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes – 25% of qualification

You will study redox reactions, standard electrode potentials, Chemistry of the p-block and d-block, chemical kinetics, enthalpy changes, entropy & feasibility of reactions and equilibrium constants.

4 Organic Chemistry and analysis Written examination 1 hour 45 minutes – 25% of qualification

You will study stereoisomerism, aromaticity, aldehydes & ketones, amines, amino acids, organic synthesis and analysis.

5 Practical Assessment Practical examination – 10% of qualification

This examination involves an experimental task and a practical analysis task. They are 90mins & 60mins respectively and will contribute 10% of the marks for the qualification.

 

Useful Links:

https://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/chemistry-as-a-level/#tab_overview

https://www.rsc.org/teaching-and-learning/