About the course:
Chemistry is an exciting A-level option for those looking for careers in the sciences and engineering The new specification has resulted in a slimmed down assessment structure that takes on board the changes already brought in at GCSE for Science
A Level Chemistry - Year 1
These topics build upon work covered in year 11 and include:
- The structure of atoms and how atoms join together into larger structures.
- Energy changes in chemical reactions and the practical results of reversible reactions including equilibria.
- A study of the elements in groups 2 and 7 of the Periodic Table and how the chemical and physical properties of these elements change within their Groups.
- The structures and chemical reactions of simple organic (carbon) compounds including hydrocarbons and alcohols.
- Quantitative chemistry. Including calculating the masses or volumes of substances produced in chemical reactions.
A Level Chemistry – Year 2
The topics covered in year 2 are more demanding and build upon areas covered in year 1. Topics include:
- Reaction kinetics, which involves the equations governing the speeds of chemical reactions.
- Factors affecting equilibria and how these are taken into account in the chemical industry.
- Acids and bases.
- The structures and reactions of some more complicated organic (carbon) compounds including aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, benzene and other aromatic compounds.
- Electrical chemistry.
- The chemistry of the transition metals, including their reactions, colours and uses.
- Aspects of biochemistry aimed at helping students wishing to pursue careers in medicine and biosciences.
What is expected of you:
You will be expected to attend all lessons and complete all tasks on time. There is a section on chemical calculations which will require a basic competency in Maths. You will need to cope with the pressure of homework set most lessons and two sets of module exams per year.
What it prepares you for:
- Veterinary science
- Biological Sciences
- Materials Science
- Veterinary Surgeon
- Chemical Engineer
- Forensic Scientist
- Cancer Researcher
- Commercial Chemist
- Research Chemist
AQA AS/A2 Chemistry
Specification code: 7404 7405
QAN code: AS: 601/5730/6; A-level: 601/5731/8
At least 5 grades 7- 9 at GCSE.
7-9 in GCSE Chemistry.
For more information:
Please talk to your Chemistry teacher about the possibility of studying Chemistry in the sixth form, or you may choose to talk to one of the people listed below:
Senior Lead Science Mrs K Weston