Chemistry

A Level

COURSE OVERVIEW

Year 1

  • Physical chemistry – atoms/ bonding/kinetics/acids
  • Inorganic chemistry – periodicity/ Group 2 chemistry/Group 7 chemistry
  • Organic chemistry – alkanes/ alkenes/alcohols/ halogenoalkanes/ analysis.

Year 2

  • Physical chemistry – thermodynamics/equilibria/ electrode potentials/acids
  • Inorganic chemistry – period 3/ transition metals/ions and solutions
  • Organic chemistry – instrumental analysis/polymers/biochemistry/ alcohol derivatives.

Curriculum:

As a student studying chemistry after your GCSEs, you will find that it really develops your practical and mathematical skills. If you enjoy experimenting in the lab, you’ll love it. At first, you may find the jump in demand from GCSE a little daunting, but you’ll soon adapt. Chemistry students get to investigate a huge range of ideas; the big question you’ll ask yourself is ‘what is the world made of?’ If you choose it as a career, you have the potential to help solve all sorts of problems. You could work on a cure for cancer, or you might develop a new food; the possibilities are endless. Even if you don’t decide to work in chemistry, studying it still develops useful and transferable skills for other careers. You’ll develop research, problem solving and analytical skills, alongside teamwork and communication. Universities and businesses regard all of these very highly.

Progression

University science-based courses as well as anything involving numeracy or manipulating complex and varied ideas.

Careers

Medicine; dentistry; veterinary science; pharmacology; forensic science; analytical chemistry; chemical engineering; scientific research; environmental consultant; teacher; chartered certified accountant; patent attorney; science writer; management.

Additional Entry Requirements

Two Grade 6 in Combined Science, or grade 6 in two separate sciences including Chemistry. Grade 6 to 9 in GCSE Mathematics.

Assessment

Paper 1 35% Physical/Inorganic and relevant practicals. Paper 2 35% Physical/Organic and relevant practicals. Paper 3 30% Physical/Inorganic/ Organic and relevant practicals.

Opportunities for work related activities

Lab work at Bristol University and visiting lecturers/speakers.