Everyone enjoys seeing amazing chemical reactions such as firework displays but to understand how they work you have to use your brain and imagination. Chemistry is the study of reactions at molecular level. What you see when you burn magnesium or put some indicator into an acid are clues about what is going on at the molecular level. Chemists interpret what we see so that we can model what happens at the atomic and sub-atomic level.
A Level Chemistry is essential for medicine and many other related degree courses as graduates are sought after to work in a wide range of jobs. The skills learnt are transferable to other situations as you learn to be organised, think logically and present ideas clearly.

Specific requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs (with 2 at grade B, and 3 at grade C) including at least 2 Bs in Science, a B in Maths and a C in English.
  • English GCSE grades should be a minimum of a grade C.
  • Maths GCSE grades should be a minimum of a grade B.
    • Please click here to see grades conversions in line with the new grading system.

What will I study?

Awarding Body:

  • OCR

Assessment:

  • Examination - 100%

Course Content:

  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in Chemistry
    • Practical skills are developed through the course and assessed within the written exam papers, with an endorsement on the final examination certificate if the required standards are met.
  • Module 2 – Foundations in Chemistry
    • Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations
    • Amount of substance
    • Acid–base and redox reactions
    • Electrons, bonding and structure
  • Module 3 – Periodic table and energy
    • The periodic table and periodicity
    • Group 2 and the halogens
    • Qualitative analysis
    • Enthalpy changes
    • Reaction rates and equilibrium
  • Module 4 – Core organic chemistry
    • Basic concepts
    • Hydrocarbons
    • Alcohols and halo alkanes
    • Organic synthesis
    • Analytical techniques (Infra-Red and Mass Spectroscopy)
  • Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements
    • Reaction rates and equilibrium
    • 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)

Where does it lead?

Chemistry is a versatile subject that develops many important skills which are valued and recognised by both potential employers and universities. If you are interested in studying any medical based subject, for example, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or veterinary science, a good grade in Chemistry at A Level is a compulsory requirement.

 

 

“I studied Biology with Chemistry and English Language at Cadbury College, achieving AAC. I am now studying a degree in Neuroscience at the University of Leeds.”

Tyra Haywood