Chemistry develops practical and analytical skills and provides opportunities for research into and evaluation of existing theories and techniques. Chemistry at A-level is stimulating, challenging, satisfying and fun.
A good grounding in Chemistry and Maths is essential – at least a grade 6 or above at GCSE level or equivalent. Students are expected to have a high level of motivation and self-discipline, plus the ability to work independently.
The qualification is linear with examinations occurring at the end of Year 12 and Year 13.
In Year 12, students study Physical Chemistry (structure, bonding, energetics, calculations from equations, kinetics, equilibria and redox); Inorganic Chemistry (periodicity, Group 2, and Group 7); and Organic Chemistry (alkanes, alkenes, halogenoalkanes, alcohols and organic analysis).
In Year 13, students study Physical Chemistry (thermodynamics, rate equations, equilibrium constants, electrochemistry and acids and bases); Inorganic Chemistry (Periodic Properties – Period 3 Oxides), Transition Metals and Aqueous Ion Reactions); and Organic Chemistry (optical isomerism, compounds with carbonyl groups, aromatic chemistry, amines, polymers, amino acids, proteins, DNA, organic synthesis, and NMR spectroscopy).
Where Does it Lead?
It can lead to a career in science or any science-related occupation. The ability to demonstrate analytical and scientific thinking will be of value in many other career paths. Chemistry is helpful for researchers, engineers, doctors, veterinary surgeons, geneticists, pharmacists, pharmacologists – the list is endless.