A Level Chemistry

Exam Board
AQA

Overview
The course covers topics from three areas of chemistry: organic, inorganic and physical. Throughout the course students will also carry out practical activities including:

  • measuring energy changes in chemical reactions
  • tests for identifying different types of compound
  • different methods for measuring rates of reaction
  • studying electrochemical cells
  • preparation of organic solids and liquids
  • an advanced form of chromatography for more accurate results

Why Choose This?
Chemistry is an important subject for careers in medicine, environmental science, engineering, toxicology, developing consumer products, metallurgy (studying how metals behave), space exploration, developing perfumes and cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, energy, teaching, science writing, software development and research.

Areas of Study & Assessment
Physical chemistry – atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics, chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s Principle, thermodynamics, rate equations, equilibrium constant Kp, electrode potentials and electrochemical cells.

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, optical isomerism, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, aromatic chemistry, amines, polymers, amino acids, proteins and DNA, organic synthesis, NMR spectroscopy, chromatography.

100% examination at the end of Year 13.  Assessed practicals make up at least 15% of final grade.

What Our Students Say
Chemists conduct experiments to study how elements work in different conditions, test how they mix, and work out what they are made up of right down to the tiniest particle. The results can be ground breaking, colourful, explosive, or almost impossible to see. Chemists use their experiments and knowledge to develop medicines, foods, fabrics and other materials, from neon lights to shatter-proof glass.  They also use it to understand the world around us, from why leaves change colour to discovering invisible pollutants in the air. Pick up a can of soft drink and you’ll find chemistry everywhere, from the metal can you’re holding, to the paint used to cover it and the liquid inside. Just breathe in and out and you’re performing a chemical reaction, which is a little scary, but pretty great too…