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Course specifics

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades 4 or above (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and only one will count as one GCSE equivalent.
  • GCSE Mathematics grade 6
  • GCSE Chemistry at grade 6 plus 6 in either GCSE Biology or Physics
  • Or 6, 6 for GCSE Combined Science

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Chemistry is considered to be one of the most difficult A-level subjects, however if you are hard-working and self-motivated, it will prove to be a stimulating and very rewarding course.

Some students choose to study Chemistry because they are interested in a chemistry-related career or it is a pre-requisite for other careers e.g. medicine, veterinary science, dentistry and pharmacy. Some choose it because it is a valuable support subject for A-level Biology and can provide support for aspects of A-level Physics. Others simply choose it because they enjoy practical work, problem-solving and making sense of the material world around them, and they want to learn more.

Hannah Slater

Hannah Slater

Units of Study

First Year Study

The A-level Year 1 course is divided into the 3 areas of Physical, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry.

Physical Chemistry

  • Atomic structure
  • Amount of substance
  • Bonding
  • Energetics
  • Kinetics
  • Chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s principle
  • Oxidation, reduction and redox equations

Inorganic Chemistry

  • Periodicity
  • Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
  • Group 7(17), the halogens

Organic Chemistry

  • Introduction to organic chemistry
  • Alkanes
  • Halogenoalkanes
  • Alkenes
  • Alcohols
  • Organic analysis

Second Year Study

The A-level Year 2 course is divided into the same 3 areas as Year 1 and incorporates additional material for each area.

Physical Chemistry

  • Thermodynamics
  • Rate equations
  • Equilibrium constant Kc for homogeneous systems
  • Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells
  • Acids and bases

Inorganic Chemistry

  • Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides
  • Transition metals
  • Reactions of ions in aqueous solution

Organic Chemistry

  • Optical isomerism
  • Aldehydes and ketones
  • Carboxylic acids & derivatives
  • Aromatic chemistry
  • Amines
  • Polymers
  • Amino acids, proteins and DNA
  • Organic synthesis
  • N.M.R. spectroscopy
  • Chromatography

Meet the Science teachers and students

Methods of Teaching and Learning

The course is tutored by well-qualified Chemistry specialists who aim to stimulate interest in and enjoyment of chemistry and to foster imaginative, logical and critical thinking. The course integrates theory and experimental work, developing investigative and manipulative skills. You will be encouraged to develop  scientific communication skills through research, discussion and written work.

Enrichment

You are encouraged to take part in both the ’Access to Bristol’ course and the Nuffield Crest programme, to visit medical and veterinary schools on courses such as Medisix and Vetsix, to enter the international RSC Chemistry Olympiad and the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge. Visits have also been organised to the University of Bristol Department of Chemistry for talks, workshops and demonstrations.

Methods of Assessment

The A-level is entirely assessed by 3 2 hour written examination at the end of year 2. You will complete a range of practical activities; the knowledge and understanding of these will be assessed within the written exams. Practical skills will also be assessed by teacher observation in class to achieve the practical endorsement.

Resources

Chemistry has access to modern, well-equipped laboratories. You will also be able to use extensive, open access, computer suites. The College Learning Resource Centre is well stocked with books and journals, and has internet facilities.

What Next?

A-level Chemistry provides a sound basis for students who wish to proceed to Higher Education. A wide range of career opportunities are open to them, such as – Analytical Chemistry, Archaeology, Art Restoration, Biochemistry, Conservation, Dentistry, Dietetics, Education, Engineering, Food Technology, Forensic Science, Forestry, Geology, Horticulture, Information Technology, Science Journalism, Material Science, Medicine, Museums, Nursing, Oceanography, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Social Work, Sports & Fitness and Veterinary Science.

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