Course Type: GCE Advanced Level

Department: Science

Why Should I Study This Course?

This course provides an interesting and challenging experience to link key chemical ideas and understand how they relate to each other. You will develop transferable skills including investigating, problem solving, research, decision making, mathematical skills and analytical skills. Chemistry also provides a range of possibilities for further study and careers associated with the subject.

What Would I Study?

You will learn how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society. Topics covered include:
Atoms, Compounds, Molecules and Equations, Amount of substance, Acid-base and redox reactions, Electrons, bonding and structure, The periodic table and periodicity, Group 2 and the Halogens, Reaction rates and equilibrium, Enthalpy, entropy and free energy, Redox and electrode potentials, Transition elements, Organic chemistry, Polymers, Organic synthesis, Analytical techniques (IT and MS), Chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR).

How and When is it Assessed?

Total of 6 hours of examination: 2 x 2 hours 15 minutes and 1 x 1 hour 30 minutes
Examinations include a wide range of question types including multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions.
All examinations take place at the end of Year 13.

Where Can This Course Take me?

A Level Chemistry is an excellent base for a university degree in healthcare such as medicine, pharmacy and dentistry as well as the biological sciences, physics, mathematics, pharmacology and analytical chemistry. Chemistry is also taken by many law applicants as it shows you can cope with difficult concepts. Chemistry can also complement a number of arts subjects. A range of career opportunities are available including chemical, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries and areas such as forensics, environmental protection and healthcare. The problem solving skills developed are useful for many other areas too, such as finance.