A level Chemistry

  • Course type: A level
  • Awarding/exam body: AQA

Introduction

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Chemistry is the fascinating study of chemical ideas which are all around us and shape our lives.

The course includes areas from all branches of Chemistry which would benefit students studying the course alongside Biology and/or Physics.

You will apply your mathematical understanding in a practical setting and build towards researching and designing your own experiments. All of the skills developed will prepare you for an exciting future in whatever field you choose.

Subject content:

Physical chemistry including: atomic structure; bonding; kinetics; chemical equilibria; oxidation, reduction and redox equations; thermodynamics; rate equations; acids and bases.

Inorganic chemistry including: the alkaline earth metals, the halogens; properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides; transition metals; reactions of ions in aqueous solution.

Organic chemistry including: Alkanes; alkenes; alcohols; organic analysis. Optical isomerism; aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives; aromatic amines; polymers; amino acids, proteins and DNA; organic synthesis; nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy; chromatography.

  • Course assessment...

    Assessment is 100% examination-based, with twelve standard experiments being assessed and awarded independently.

  • This course can lead to...

    The subject is useful for a wide range of higher education courses and careers including those in the physical sciences (engineering, environmental scientist), biological sciences (biochemistry, medicine, veterinary science and other areas of healthcare) and other related scientific areas such as forensic science and chemical research.

    Chemistry is also a facilitating subject for other areas such as law, education and journalism.

  • Entry requirements...

    In addition to our Programme Entry Requirements, applicants must also meet specific Course Entry Requirements:

    Grade 6 in Maths and Grade 5 in English Language, Grade 6 in Core Science and Grade 7 in Additional Science; GCSE score of 5.5 or above (N.B. Applied Science not accepted)
    OR
    Grade 6 in Maths and grade 5 in English Language, Grade 7 in Core Science and Grade 6 in Additional Science; GCSE score of 5.5 or above (N.B. Applied Science not accepted)
    OR
    Grade 6 in Maths and Grade 5 in English Language, Grade 6 in Biology and Grade 6 in either Chemistry or Physics; GCSE score of 5.5 or above (N.B. Applied Science not accepted)

    Please refer to subject combinations below:

    Science and maths subjectcombinations:
    • Requirement to do chemistry with either physics or biology
    • Requirement to do physics with maths
    • Preference to do biology with chemistry

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