Chemistry

A-LEVEL CHEMISTRY

Faculty: Science
Subject: A-Level Chemistry
Subject Leader: Mrs Tapp, Head of Chemistry
Staff and Responsibility: Dr Pass & Mrs Duggins
Exam Board: AQA

Assessment Format

Examinations

Subject Overview

The course is split into the three branches of chemistry:

  • Physical Chemistry – including atomic structure, amount of substance, thermodynamics and rate equations
  • Inorganic Chemistry – including periodicity, group 2, group 7 and transition metals
  • Organic Chemistry – including alkanes, alkenes, alcohols, polymers, amino acids and proteins

All three branches carry a large practical section. Students will be assessed on their competency in required practical and will achieve a pass/fail for this at the end of the course.

To access this course a minimum Science GCSE level of 6 is required with a 6 in Maths.

Potential Career Options

Engineering, medicine, nanotechnology, scientific publishing, veterinary medicine, environmental science, forensic science, pharmacy, toxicology, metallurgy (studying how metals behave and how they can be used), space exploration, developing perfumes and cosmetics, developing new sources of electricity/energy, software development.

Other

“Chemistry is, well technically, chemistry is the study of matter. But I prefer to see it as the study of change.” – Walter White

Did you know J is the only letter to not appear on the periodic table?

Did you know the human body contains enough carbon to provide ‘lead’ (which is really graphite) for about 9,000 pencils?

Famous degrees that relate to Chemistry: Mayim Bialik (Big Bang Theory) has a PhD in neuroscience; Ashton Kutcher has a degree in Biochemical engineering; Cindy Crawford has a degree in Chemical engineering, Pope Francis has a chemical technician’s degree.

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