What will I study in year 12?
Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry
Practical skills will be assessed in the written examinations at the end of year 12. During all aspects of the course practical work will be completed and a portfolio of work collated.
Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry
Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations. Amount of substance and acid-base and redox reactions. Electrons, bonding and structure.
Module 3 – Periodic table and energy
The periodic table and periodicity. Group 2 and halogens Qualitative analysis and enthalpy changes. Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative)
Module 4 – Core organic chemistry
Basic concepts. Hydrocarbons, alcohols and haloalkanes. Organic synthesis and analytical techniques (IR and MS)
What will I study in Year 13?
Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements:
Rates equilibrium and pH. Energy. Transition elements
Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis:
Aromatic compounds, carbonyls and acids. Nitrogen compounds, polymers and synthesis. Analysis
A2 Assessment: Three written papers
• Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (01) - 100 marks (2 hours 15 minutes) - 37% of A Level
• Synthesis and analytical techniques (02) - 100 marks (2 hours 15 minutes) - 37% of A Level
• Unified chemistry (03) - 70 marks (1 hour 30 minutes) - 26% of A Level
Grade 6-6 at Combined Science or two 6 grades at triple science including a 6 in Chemistry. 6 in Maths.
• A Level Chemistry A is an excellent base for a university
degree in healthcare such as medicine, pharmacy and dentistry as well as the biological sciences, physics, mathematics, pharmacology and analytical chemistry.
Chemistry is also taken by many law applicants as it shows
you can cope with difficult concepts. Chemistry can also complement a number of arts subjects.
• A range of career opportunities including chemical,
manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries and in areas such as forensics, environmental protection and healthcare.
The problem solving skills are useful for many other areas,
too, such as law and finance.