Chemistry is concerned with fundamental questions of how and why changes occur and its applications form the basis of much of industry and indeed, of life today. It occupies a central position in science linking on the one hand with Physics, Material Science
and Engineering, and on the other with Biology, Environmental Science and Medicine. The lessons involve a range of activities including practical work, group work, analytical techniques and problem solving.
We have found that students not doing A Level Mathematics generally get a lower than expected Chemistry grade. It is for this reason that we strongly advise students not taking A Level Mathematics to take the one year Core Maths course to help them with their mathematical skills.
The AQA syllabus focuses on Chemistry principles and how Chemistry is important in everyday life. It is divided up into the three disciplines:
- Physical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
Topics covered in each discipline include:
- Atomic Structure
- Amount of substance
- Energetics and Kinetics
- Chemical Equilibria
- Redox reactions and electrochemistry
- Acids and Bases
- Group 2 and Group 7
- Period 3
- Transition metals
- Alkanes and Alkenes
- Alcohols, Aldehydes and Ketones
- Carboxylic acids and their derivatives
- Aromatic chemistry
- Organic Analysis
The course is linear. There will be three examinations, each of two hours, at the end of the second year. Practical skills will be assessed throughout the two years and carry a separate endorsement.
The College gives priority to its 12 partner schools. Places are offered to other applicants on a competitive basis.
All prospective students must achieve a minimum of grade 4 or higher in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics, and a minimum of grade 6 in three GCSE subjects.
To study Chemistry, a student must achieve grades 66 in GCSE Science and grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics OR a grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry and a grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics.
Having a Chemistry qualification is rather like having an open flight ticket to any destination - it gives you great choice! It is also an essential A Level requirement for the following University courses: Chemical Sciences, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy
and Veterinary Science. An A Level qualification in Chemistry is also useful for any Biological Sciences-related courses as well.