Exam Board: AQA
Course Content: Year 1
Students will study the basics of physical chemistry through topics such as amount of substance, bonding, kinetics and energetics as well as inorganic topics, including redox reactions and the chemistry of groups 2 and 7 of the periodic table. The basics of organic chemistry including topics such as alkanes, alkenes, halogenalkanes and alcohols will finish off their studies.
Course Content: Year 2
Organic Chemistry continues to be studied in Year 13 including an understanding of the more complex organic compounds and analytical techniques. Further topics covering both physical and inorganic chemistry include acids and bases, thermodynamics, and transition metals amongst many others.
This qualification is linear; students will sit all exams at the end of their two-year course.
100% Examination across 3 papers, one of which includes 45% of questions on the skills developed from the twelve required practical activities carried out across the year. Students who demonstrate the required standard across all the practical requirements will also receive a ‘pass’ practical grade alongside their A level grade.
The course provides a firm foundation for students if they wish to continue to higher education (and not just Science degrees) but is also held in high regard by many employers. In addition to the more obvious Chemistry-specific degrees such as Chemical Engineering, Medicinal Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Nanotechnology and Environmental Chemistry it is also a useful grounding (and sometimes an essential pre-requisite) for the study of many other degrees such as Biochemistry, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Forensics, Archaeology, Pharmacology (discovering new medicines), Biotechnology, Materials Science and Metallurgy, Food Technology and of course Teaching!
GCSE grade 6/6 in Combined Science or GCSE grade 6 in Chemistry and a grade 6 in either Biology or Physics. In addition, we require a GCSE grade 6 in Maths and English.