Chemistry is the study of matter, i.e. everything in the world around us. This course will deepen your understanding of what makes matter different, while at the same time, covering the knowledge, understanding and skills associated with the application of Chemistry in a modern society.
You will gain an appreciation of the contributions Chemists make through their work. You will learn how to obtain useful materials from naturally occurring substances and see how Chemists use modern advances in Information Communication Technology and Instrumentation. You will regularly use and develop your scientific and practical skills, and have the opportunity for external visits to see Chemistry in action.
The 3 A Level modules are:
Paper 1 Advanced Inorganic and Physical Chemistry 30%
Content Summary: Topic 1: Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table; Bonding and Structure; Redox; Inorganic Chemistry and the Periodic Table; Formulae, Equations and Amounts of Substance; Energetics; Equilibrium; Acid-base Equilibria; Transition Metals
Paper 2 Advanced Organic and Physical Chemistry 30 %
Content Summary: Bonding & Structure, Redox, Formulae, Equations and Amounts of Substance, Organic Chemistry, Kinetics and Modern Analytical Techniques.
Paper 3 General and Practical Principles in Chemistry 40% - A mixture of all topics.
Science practical endorsement In addition to the formally examined section of the course, this further section will be internally assessed and moderated externally. Students will be required to complete a minimum of 12 identified activities in which they demonstrate practical competence in the skill listed. This may be recorded on the student’s examination certificate.
Chemistry links well with Biology, Physics and Mathematics as well as being essential for those that wish to study medicine, dentistry or veterinary science. As a facilitating subject, Chemistry will be viewed favourably by Universities and employers alike as it demonstrates a sound academic ability and is highly valued in many other careers such as law and finance.