Chemistry

A study of A Level Chemistry will deepen your understanding of how the world works. You will learn in depth about concepts such as why we have colour, why life and biological reactions are based around carbon and why common substances such as water can be so unusual. Chemistry is the central science that links to Biology, Physics, Geography and Maths. The course reinforces the principles of Chemistry by using extensive practical work to help explain important scientific concepts. Chemistry is an excellent subject to study because it develops methodical, practical, analytical and problem solving skills that are easily transferrable and highly regarded by a wide range of employers.

Course outline

Chemistry consists of a variety of topics based on three main areas: Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry. Topics include atomic structure, Kinetics, Thermodynamics and Organic Synthesis. At the end of the two years the students will complete three exams which will be comprised of a mixture of multiple choice, short and extended answer questions. Some of these questions will be related to the practical techniques covered in the course.

Resources

The course is supported by an online textbook and accompanying study aids. All course materials are published on the school’s VLE and course specific revision guides can be purchased through the school. A lab book is provided to help students record all their practical work and provide the necessary evidence for the practical endorsement.

Where will it lead to?

Many of our students have secured university places reading Medicine, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering. It can also act as an excellent support subject for many university applications. An A level in Chemistry can lead to careers in a wide range of science based industries.