The A level course in chemistry offered at Chapeltown Academy is for the duration of two years and is taught in modern dedicated science laboratories and offers a broad introduction and insight into to the three branches of chemistry: organic, inorganic and physical.
Chemistry is a practical subject and experimental work helps to develop important practical skills as well as enhancing your understanding of chemical theory. Practical work also covers the skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation.
During the first AS year, we cover topic areas such as: atoms, molecules, ions and compounds, chemical equations, oxidation and reduction, bonding, intermolecular forces, shapes of molecules, energetics, kinetics and equilibria before moving onto inorganic chemistry which covers trends in the alkaline earth metals and the halogens. We also study the basic concepts of organic chemistry, including how to name organic molecules and study the properties and reactions of alkanes, alkenes, haloalkanes and alcohols.
In the second year we cover topic areas such as: acids and bases, pH, buffers, transition metals, electrochemistry and further organic chemistry which includes: aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, aromatic chemistry, amines and polymers. We then study the different analytical methods to identify unknown organic substances.
Why study chemistry?
By studying chemistry students can open up a wide range of careers that offer both a rewarding and innovative occupation and one that will be in demand regardless of the economic situation.
For many university courses such as: chemical engineering, medicine and related fields, dentistry, veterinary medicine, biochemistry, pharmacy, forensic science and the many different career pathways associated with chemistry, it is considered an essential A level to have.
If you don’t already have a career in mind and enjoy problem solving and working with graphs and data tables and enjoy laboratory practical work and have an acceptable level of mathematical skills, then it might just be the A level for you.
The Academy’s general entry criteria of a minimum of five 4s at GCSE applies, including English Language and Maths. A minimum of 5 in Chemistry GCSE (or two grade 5s if you have done double award science at GCSE), is needed to study Chemistry at A Level.
Grade 5 in Maths is also desirable.
To find out more about the A Level course, click here, to visit the AQA website.