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Chemistry

  CHEMISTRY
Course Content

There are 6 modules within the Biology courses, the first 4 modules are covered in AS Level Chemistry, and all 6 are taught in A Level Chemistry.

Module 1 – Development of practical skills

Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation

Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry

Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations.

Amount of substance.

Acid-base and redox reactions.

Electrons, bonding and structure.

Module 3 – Periodic table and energy

The periodic table and periodicity.

Group 2 and the halogens.

Qualitative analysis.

Enthalpy changes.

Reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative).

Module 4 – Core organic chemistry

Basic concepts.

Hydrocarbons.

Alcohols and haloalkanes.

Organic synthesis

Analytical techniques

Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements

Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative).

pH and buffers.

Enthalpy, entropy and free energy.

Redox and electrode potentials.

Transition elements.

Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis

Aromatic compounds.

Carbonyl compounds.

Carboxylic acids and esters.

Polymers.

Organic Synthesis.

Chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR).

Examination Details

AS Level

2 Examination papers equating to 3 hours of exams at the end of the course. 

The exams will cover core biology concepts and their applications, as well assessing understanding of practicals. 

20% of the question paper will assess mathematical skills.

A Level

3 Examination papers equating to 6 hours of exams at the end of the course. 

The exams will cover core biology concepts and their applications, as well assessing understanding of practicals. 

20% of the question paper will assess mathematical skills. 

There are a number of practicals that you must complete as a part of this course, which in themselves do not carry any marks, but must be evidenced as completed.

Career Pathways

Health Care professions such as Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry…

As well as a career in Chemistry such as chemical engineering, analytical chemistry and forensics, chemistry is also useful in biological sciences, physics, maths and pharmacology.  There are many transferrable skills gained in chemistry that compliment many art subjects.

Entry Criteria Grade B or above in Chemistry, or Grades BB or above in Core and Additional Science.  Maths at Grade 6 is also required.