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ChemistryA Level

Chemistry is a fascinating science whose central concerns are the structure and behaviour of atoms, the composition and properties of compounds, the reactions between substances with their accompanying energy exchanges and the laws that unite these phenomena into a comprehensive system.

Chemistry impacts on all facets of our lives. An understanding of chemistry is necessary to all other sciences from astronomy to zoology. All of the materials used by engineers and technologists are made by chemical reactions and we all experience chemical reactions continuously, whether it be breathing or baking a cake, driving a car or listening to a battery driven MP3 player.

  • Chemistry is like learning another language and is as just as difficult, interesting and rewarding, whilst explaining the problems in the universe
  • Chemistry links well with so many other subjects and has proven to be really rewarding as once you understand something, it sticks!
  • I knew chemistry would be hard but it is so much more interesting than most people realise
  • Chemistry is fun, right down to the atomic level!

Course Content

Physical Chemistry

  • Atomic structure
  • Amount of substance
  • Bonding
  • Energetics
  • Kinetics
  • Chemical equilibrium and Le Chatelier's principle
  • Oxidation, reduction and redox equations
  • Thermodynamics
  • Rate equations
  • Equilibrium constant K, for homogeneous systems
  • Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells
  • Acids and bases
  • Inorganic Chemistry

  • Periodicity
  • Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
  • Group 7,(17), the halogens
  • Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides
  • Transition metals
  • Reactions of ions in aqueous solution
  • Organic Chemistry

  • Introduction to organic chemistry
  • Alkanes
  • Halogenoalkanes
  • Alkenes
  • Alcohols
  • Organic analysis
  • Optimal isomerism
  • Aldehydes and ketones
  • Carboxylic acids and derivatives
  • Aromatic chemistry
  • Amines
  • Polymers
  • Animo Acids, proteins and DNA
  • Organic synthesis
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

  • Key Facts

    • Course Level A Level
    • Assessment Breakdown Examination 100%
    • Assessor AQA
    • Entry Requirements Minimum 5+ Levels 4-9. 6+ in at least 2 Science GCSEs (including the science they are taking)
    • Online Learning Materials Interactive courses on our VLE including forums and online assessment

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