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Science - Chemistry

DEPARTMENT

COURSE NAME

COURSE LEADER

EXAM BOARD

QUALIFICATION

Science Chemistry Mrs Sharma AQA A level

Course Entrance Requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is a grade 7 (A) in the GCSE Additional Science and 6 (B) in GCSE Core Science.  For those students who have studied the separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs, they must achieve a minimum of 6,6,6 (BBB).  Students also need a grade 5 in English Language and a grade 6 in Maths.Equally important is an interest in and enjoyment of both the theoretical and practical aspects of the subject. 

Course Aims and Teaching

The aim of the course is to stimulate students’ interest and enjoyment of chemistry and to give them the required knowledge to understand many aspects of contemporary chemistry that affect their lives as well as providing an appropriate qualification for those who need chemistry for their future studies or career.  Teaching will involve practical work, discussion and note taking, independent learning, demonstrations and some use of ICT.

Course Content

The content of the course builds on topics studied at GCSE, but these are dealt with in much greater depth.  A level Chemistry is a two year course. 

Year 1 Topics:

Physical chemistry

Inorganic chemistry

Organic chemistry

Atomic structure

Periodicity

Introduction to organic chemistry

Amount of substance

Group 2 metals

Alkanes

Bonding

Group 7, the halogens

Halogenoalkanes

Energetics

 

Alkenes

Kinetics

 

Alcohols

Chemical equilibria

 

Organic analysis

Oxidation, reduction and redox

   

Year 2 Topics in addition to the above:

Physical chemistry

Inorganic chemistry

Organic chemistry

Thermodynamics

Period 3

Optical isomerism

Rate equations

Transition metals

Aldehydes and ketones

Equilibrium constant Kc

Reactions of ions in solution

Carboxylic acids and derivatives

Electrode

 

Aromatic chemistry

Acids and bases

 

Amines

   

Polymers

   

Amino acids, proteins and DNA

   

Organic synthesis

   

NMR spectroscopy

   

Chromatography

Assessment

There will be 3 written exams of 2 hours each.  Students will be awarded a separate endorsement of practical skills, which will be assessed by teachers.  This will not be graded.  If students pass, it will be reported on their certificates.  Knowledge and understanding of practical work will be assessed in written exams.  About 15% of total marks in A level exams will be based on practical questions.

Careers

A qualification in chemistry is vital for higher education courses in pharmacy, medicine and dentistry and many science based courses in biology, environmental science and engineering also require some knowledge of chemistry.  Chemistry also opens up a wide range of careers in industry.  It is a vibrant and exciting subject.  The chemical and allied industries - fuels, pharmaceuticals, fragrances - are the most important manufacturing industries to the UK economy.  These industries employ large numbers of chemists in research, development, sales, marketing and management.  The intellectual training obtained in studying for a degree in Chemistry is also ideal for a career in areas not directly related to chemical sciences, such as Law.

Exam Board

AQA - http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/chemistry-7404-7405

Contact Name

For further information, please see Mrs G Sharma – Teacher in Charge of KS4/5 Chemistry.