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 5 or above.
What will I study?
You will gain hands-on practical and data analysis skills, learn to 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.
Physical Chemistry– Atomic Structure, Bonding, Energetics, Kinetics, Redox & Equilibrium, Rate Equations, Thermodynamics, Acids and Bases, Equilibrium Constants, Electrochemistry.
Inorganic Chemistry– Periodicity, Group II & Group VII, Period 3, Transition Metals & Ions in Aqueous Solution.
Organic Chemistry– Nomenclature, Isomerism, Alkanes, Alkenes, Alcohols, Halogenoalkanes, Analysis, Optical Isomerism, Carbonyl Compounds, Aromatic Chemistry, Nitrogen Containing Compounds, Polymers, Organic Synthesis, NMR & Chromatography.
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.
Chemistry is very 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. You could also study a course such as Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, Environmental Science, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Forensic Sciences, and Polymer Science.
Did you know?
A chemical engineer’s starting salary is in the region of £28,500, rising up to £70,000 depending on experience and industry.