Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
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What will you be working towards?

Code Che01
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Why study this subject?

Chemistry is an interesting, exciting and challenging subject; its concepts and knowledge are the basis of many others. It is wide ranging and chemists can be involved in determining the human genome; in producing new materials for spacecraft; in deciding the provenance of “Old Masters”; in analysing fragments from other planets and in the repair of our own beleaguered world.  

Studying chemistry opens up a wide range of careers and courses at university, including: medicine, veterinary science, environmental science, pharmacy, geology, chemical engineering and dietetics. It remains a preferable option for law, accountancy, mathematics, mechanical and civil engineering, forensic science and computer science.


Module 1: Development of practical skills in chemistry

• Practical skills assessed in a written examination

• Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement.

Module 2: Foundations in chemistry

• Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations

• Amount of substance

• Acid–base and redox reactions

• Electrons, bonding and structure.

Module 3: Periodic table and energy

• The periodic table and periodicity

• Group 2 and the halogens

• Qualitative analysis

• Enthalpy changes

• Reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative).

Module 4: Core organic chemistry

• Basic concepts

• Hydrocarbons

• Alcohols and haloalkanes

• Organic synthesis

• Analytical techniques (IR and MS).

Module 5: Physical chemistry and transition elements

• Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative)

• pH and buffers

• Enthalpy, entropy and free energy

• Redox and electrode potentials

• Transition elements.

Module 6: Organic chemistry and analysis

• Aromatic compounds

• Carbonyl compounds

• Carboxylic acids and esters

• Nitrogen compounds

• Polymers

• Organic synthesis

• Chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR).

How will it be delivered?

Component 1: Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (content from modules 1,2,3 and 5)

2 hours 15 minutes; 100 marks; 37% of the A Level qualification

Component 2: Synthesis and analytical techniques (content from modules 1,2,4 and 6)

2 hours 15 minutes; 100 marks; 37% of the A Level qualification

Component 3: Unified chemistry (content from all modules)

1 hour 30 minutes; 70 marks; 26% of the A Level qualification

Component 4: Practical endorsement in chemistry – non-exam assessment, reported separately

Entry requirements

GCSE grade 6 in Chemistry, or 77 in Combined Science.

Your next steps...

Please apply directly to our School if you are interested in studying this subject.