While studying A Level
Chemistry students will develop practical skills which include making observations, collecting data, analysing experimental results and formulating conclusions. Students will study the following:
• Physical Chemistry topics
include: Atomic structure, Bonding, Kinetics, Chemical equilibrium, Redox reactions, Rates of reactions, Electrochemical cells and Acids and Bases.
• Inorganic Chemistry topics include:
Periodicity, Group 2 elements, Group 7 elements, Properties of group 3 elements, Transition elements and Reactions of ions.
• Organic Chemistry topics include: Alkanes,
Halogenoalkanes, Alkenes, Alcohols, Aldehydes, Ketones, Carboxylic acids, Amines and Chromatography.
There are three examinations:
Paper 1 – Elements of Physical Chemistry and
Paper 2 – Elements of Physics
Chemistry and Organic Chemistry
Paper 3 – Practical Skills
Practical endorsement – Students achieve a pass or fail. This is independent of their final grade but is recorded on their exam certificate.
General entry requirements to study Level 3 qualifications at Hillview Sixth Form are Grade 4 or above in both English Language and Maths plus 3 other GCSE subjects.
Subject specific entrance requirements are:
GCSE Chemistry Grade 6, Biology Grade 5,
Physics Grade 5 or GCSE Combined Science minimum grades 6-6 in addition to a Grade 5 in English and a Grade 6 in Maths. An APS of 5.5 or above.