Subject Area: Sciences
Level: TWO-YEAR A Level
Exam Board: AQA
Grade 6 in two single science GCSE’s (including chemistry) or grade 66 in GCSE Combined Science. Also GCSE Maths at grade 4 or above.
What will I study?
The specification is designed to encourage you to gain hands-on practical and data analysis skills, appreciate how science works and understand its relevance beyond the laboratory. You will demonstrate a synoptic understanding and will study chemistry in a contemporary context.
FIRST YEAR OF A LEVEL
The topics you will study are; Physical Chemistry: Atomic Structure, Bonding, Energetics, Kinetics, Redox & Equilibrium and Inorganic Chemistry: Periodicity, Group II & Group VII and Organic Chemistry: Nomenclature, Isomerism, Alkanes, Alkenes, Alcohols, Halogenoalkanes and Analysis.
Students will carry out at least 6 required practical activities across year one.
SECOND YEAR OF A-LEVEL
The topics covered in the second year are; Physical Chemistry: Rate Equations, Thermodynamics, Acids and Bases, Equilibrium Constants, Electrochemistry and Inorganic Chemistry: Period 3, Transition Metals & Ions in Aqueous Solution and Organic Chemistry: Optical Isomerism, Carbonyl Compounds, Aromatic Chemistry, Nitrogen Containing Compounds, Polymers, Organic Synthesis, NMR & Chromatography.
Students will carry out a further 6 required practical activities in year two of the A level.
A level Chemistry will be examined by three written paper examinations. At least 12 practical activities across the two year A level course will be assessed by teachers and lead to a practical endorsement certificate. Practical knowledge and understanding will be examined in the written examinations and will contribute to approximately 15% of the total marks.
Chemistry is a ‘high currency’ A level subject and as such is highly regarded by universities and employers alike. Once you have a chemistry qualification you may be surprised at just how many places you could end up working. Mainstream chemistry courses include Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Other courses include Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, Environmental Science, Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry, Forensic Sciences, and Polymer Science.