Chemistry

Why should I study Chemistry?
Chemistry is a highly rewarding, interesting and challenging subject that is prized by universities and employers alike. In addition to gaining the skills necessary to become an outstanding chemist you will also gain many valuable transferable skills necessary to be successful in the world of work (such as the ability to be analytical, methodical and logical).

Once students have gained a Chemistry A-Level they may further continue their studies at university on a scientific degree or they may enter the job market. Chemistry students are always sought after because of the demanding nature of the Chemistry A-Level as well as the important transferrable skills which have also been gained. If you enjoy finding out about this extraordinary world that we live in and why reactions happen (often in exciting ways!), then this is the subject for you. All we ask is that you are ready for a challenge!

 What will I study?

Year 12

Module 1 – Practical skills in chemistry.

Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry:

Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations.

Amounts of substance.

Acid-base and redox reactions.

Electrons, bonding and structure.

Module 3 – Periodic table and energy:

Periodic table and periodicity.

Group 2 and halogens.

Qualitative analysis.

Enthalpy changes.

Reaction rates and equilibrium.

Module 4 – Core organic chemistry:

Basic concepts.

Hydrocarbons.

Alcohols and haloalkanes.

Organic synthesis.

IR and MS.

Year 13

Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements:

Reaction rates and equilibrium.

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.

Synthesis.

Chromatography and NMR.

What are the entry requirements?

Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.

What is the exam board? AQA