ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: BB IN CORE AND ADDITIONAL SCIENCE OR B IN CHEMISTRY AND C IN MATHS. IN ADDITION, A D GRADE IN AS CHEMISTRY IS NEEDED TO PROGRESS TO THE A LEVEL. EXAM BOARD: AQA TEACHERS: MRS V BATES, MR A CONHEENEY, MR N BARNET, MR P CARTER, MRS J WAINWRIGHT, MISS J RIGBY Timetable Organisation: 5 periods of 1 hour length each week for two years, taught by 2 teachers. Students in Year 13 also have one hour of directed study time each week. Main Syllabus Area A Level Chemistry will inspire students, nurture their passion for chemistry and lay the foundations for further study.
It covers the three main areas of chemistry; physical, inorganic and organic. Physical chemistry ? Atomic structure ? Amount of substance ? Bonding ? Energetics ? Kinetics ? Chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s principle ? Oxidation, reduction and redox equations ? Thermodynamics ? Rate Equations ? Equilibrium constant Kc for homogeneous systems ? Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells ? Acids and bases 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 ? Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy ? Chromatography Inorganic chemistry ? Periodicity ? Group 2, the alkaline earth metals ? Group 7, the halogens ? Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides ? Transition metals 2 A Level Chemistry ? Reactions of ions in aqueous solution Method of Assessment Paper 1 – 2 hours – 35% Paper 2 – 2 hours – 35% Paper 3 – 2 hours – 30% Qualities Required.
High levels of interest, commitment and organisation; good mathematical skills; enthusiasm for practicals; enjoyment of science. Links with other subjects Chemistry links well with Physics and Biology, and also Mathematics and Geography to a lesser extent. Career Prospects Very good observation, logical analysis, numeracy and practical skills are developed with the ability to write clear reports, all of which are desirable to future employers and institutions. Possible careers include Chemical Research, Chemical Engineering, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Teaching,
Physiotherapy, Pharmacology, Physiology, Forensics, Biochemistry, Biotechnology etc. Extension and enrichment opportunities Y12 Visits Spectroscopy at a local University Revision Lectures Various Lectures Opportunity to attend national R. S. C. competition. Y13 Visits Forensic workshop at a local University Revision Lectures Various Lectures Co-teachability The first year of the A level course is designed to be co-teachable with the AS course, so students in any given Year 12 class may be studying for the full AS OR the first year of the A level qualification.