Why should I study Chemistry?

There are many reasons to study chemistry, even if you aren’t pursuing a career in science. Chemistry is everywhere in the world around you! It’s in the food you eat, clothes you wear, water you drink, medicines, air, cleaners… you name it. Chemistry sometimes is called the “central science” because it connects to other sciences such as Biology, Physics, Geology and Environmental science.

Course Description:

AS Modules : Year 12

Module 1: Development of practical skills in Chemistry: This unit is practical based. Students will develop their skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation in a range of practicals. Practical activities are embedded within the learning outcomes of the course to encourage practical activities in the classroom which contribute to the achievement of the Practical Endorsement as well as enhancing learners’ understanding of chemical theory and practical skills.

Module 2: Foundations in Chemistry: This unit looks at Atoms and reactions; electrons, bonding and structure.

Module 3: The periodic table and energy: This unit looks at the periodic table from the development of the periodic table to arrangement of elements and properties of the groups of elements and Physical chemistry such as enthalpy, rates of reaction and collision theory and equilibrium (qualitative)

Module 4: Core organic chemistry: This unit looks basic concepts and hydrocarbons and Alcohols, Haloalkanes and analysis; organic synthesis and analytical techniques.

A2 Modules : Year 13

Module 5: Physical chemistry and transition elements: This unit covers Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative); 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; Organic synthesis; Chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR)

How will my work be assessed?

Module 1 of the specification content relates to the practical skills learners are expected to gain throughout the course, which are assessed throughout the written examinations and also through the Practical Endorsement. The other units are assessed through sitting written exams which test knowledge and understanding.

What career opportunities will I have?

Chemistry is a desirable qualification for a wide range of professional degree courses; These include Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences.

Entry Requirements:

The minimum requirement for A level Chemistry is a grade BB at GCSE Science/Additional Science and C grades in both English and Maths.

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