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Chemistry A Level

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics

What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title GCE A Level in Chemistry
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Chemistry is excellent preparation for students looking to extend their understanding of a key physical science. It is a central science which opens up the possibility of a huge range of science related university courses and jobs. These include medicine and health related professions such as dentistry, pharmacy and veterinary sciences, as well as chemical engineering, optometry and courses that overlap with maths and physics.


Paper 1 Physical and Inorganic Chemistry


Year 1

Physical chemistry:

Atomic structure: Fundamental particles, isotopes, mass spectroscopy, electron arrangements.

Amount of substance: The mole concept, calculations about gases, solutions and solids.

Bonding: Ionic, covalent, metallic. Polar bonds, Van der Waals forces,Shapes of molecules.

Energetics: Enthalpy changes, Hess’s law, Bond enthalpies.

Chemical equilibria: Qualitative equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle, finding the Equilibrium constant, Kc, and related calculations.

Oxidation, reduction and redox equations: Oxidation and reduction.


Inorganic chemistry:

Periodicity: The blocks in the Periodic table, the trends in properties of the elements across Period 3.

Group 2, the alkaline earth metals: Their properties and reactions.

Group 7(17), the halogens: Their properties and reactions.


Year 2


Physical Chemistry:

Thermodynamics: Enthalpy change (ΔH), Free-energy change (ΔG) and entropy change (ΔS).

Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems: Kp, and related calculations.

Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells: Electrode potentials, Electrochemical series, Electrochemical cells.

Acids and bases: Strong and weak acids, calculation of pH, the theory and use of buffers.


Inorganic Chemistry:

Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides: Study of the reactions of Period 3 elements Na – Ar to illustrate periodic trends.

Transition metals: Complex formation, Variable oxidation states, Catalysis

Reactions of ions in aqueous solution: Colour change, ligand substitution, chelation.


Paper 2 Physical and Organic Chemistry:


Year 1


Physical chemistry:

Amount of substance, Bonding, Energetics and Chemical equilibria: As paper 1

Kinetics: collision theory and rate of reaction.


Organic chemistry:

Introduction to organic chemistry: Organic formulae & nomenclature, homologous series, structural isomerism.

Alkanes: Structure, synthesis and reactions.

Halogenoalkanes: Structure, synthesis and reactions.

Alkenes: Structure, synthesis and reactions.

Alcohols: Structure, synthesis and reactions.

Organic analysis: Mass spectrometry and IR spectroscopy.


Year 2


Physical chemistry:

Rate equations: Simple rate equations Determination of rate equation.


Organic chemistry:

Optical isomerism: Chirality and polarisation.

Aldehydes and ketones: Structure, synthesis and reactions.

Carboxylic acids and derivatives: Structure, synthesis and reactions.

Aromatic chemistry: Structure, synthesis and reactions.

Amines: Structure, synthesis and reactions.

Polymers: Structure and synthesis.

Amino acids, proteins and DNA: Structure, synthesis and reactions.

Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy: Structure identification.

Chromatography: Techniques and uses.


Paper 3

Paper 3 assess any content and includes4D molecules on practical chemistry.


Investigative and Practical Skills these are assessed throughout the year. Here are some examples;

Titration based practical skills – Making up a standard solution, Acid – base and  redox titrations.

Wet analysis – Tests for alcohols, ketones and aldehydes. Testing for anions and metal cations.

Organic Synthesis – Synthesising and testing purity of an organic product.

How will it be delivered?

100% Examination 

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