The A-Level course covers Physical Inorganic and Organic Chemistry.
Physical chemistry is the study of the atom and why atoms react and bond together and why some reactions are faster and more energetic than others. It also includes the study of oxidation/reduction and acid/base chemical reactions.
Inorganic chemistry is the study of the periodic table and trends in the physical and chemical properties of elements. We study in detail the properties of Group 2 and Group 7 elements and the transition metals. Later in the course we study the elements in period 3 and explain the wide range in properties of these elements.
Organic chemistry is the study of compounds containing carbon and hydrogen. These compounds are not only crucial in biological systems, but also make up almost all our fuels, plastics, pharmaceuticals, paints and fabrics.
An important part of the course is the development of practical skills. You will learn how to make up and analyse standard solutions, measure the energy and rate of chemical reactions, synthesis and distill organic compounds, and test for a whole range of different compounds. Standard. At a more advanced level you will use sophisticated analytical techniques, produce aspirin and investigate electrochemical cells.
The course will be assessed by examinations at the end of the year. At the end of the first year, you will take two examinations which will include practical skills, and which will comprise the assessment for AS award (but do not contribute towards the A-Level).
At the end of year 2, you will take three examinations which will include the material covered in year 1; this will comprise the assessment for the A-Level award.
Practical assessments are carried out throughout the two years and comprise of 12 formal practicals, six in the first year and six in the second year.
A-Level Chemistry is an enabling qualification for more degree courses than almost any other A-Level, enabling you to study everything from Sports Medicine to Engineering. This in turn leads on to the widest possible range of career opportunities from Ecology to Energy production, Landscaping to Law.
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