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Chemistry

Context:

‘What is the world made of?’ If you want to search for the answer to this big question then ALevel Chemistry is for you. From understanding how pharmaceuticals interact with our bodies, how we affect the environment and how modern materials are made. In this course you will develop essential knowledge and understanding of fundamental chemical concepts, as well as a variety of areas of chemistry, and you will get to grips with how these relate to each other.

Exam Board:

AQA (7405)

Assessment:

A-level

Paper 1: Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry and relevant practical skills

Paper 2: Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and relevant practical skills

Paper 3: Any content and practical skills

All papers last 3 hours

Course details:

Physical Chemistry
Atomic structure
Amount of substance
Bonding
Energetics
Kinetics
Chemical equilibria
Redox reactions
Thermodynamics
Rate equations
Equilibrium constant
Electrode potentials
Acids and bases

Inorganic Chemistry
Periodicity
Group 2 elements
Group 7 elements
Properties of Period 3 elements
Transition metals
Reactions of ions in aqueous solution

Organic Chemistry
Alkanes
Halogenalkanes
Alkenes
Alcohols
Organic Analysis
Optical isomerism
Aldehydes and Ketones
Carboxylic acids
Aromatic Chemistry
Amines
Polymers
Amino acids, proteins and DNA
Organic synthesis
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
Spectroscopy
Chromatograph

Other Learning Opportunities:

  • Lecture demonstrations at local Universities
  • Industry tours
  • Supporting KS3/4 students in Science lessons

Where next with this course?

A level Chemistry is often a requirement for degree courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Analytical Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Some courses that find chemistry desirable include food technology, nursing, physiotherapy, radiography, paramedical courses, law and zoology.

A degree in Chemistry could lead to opportunities in chemical industries, such as pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, petrochemicals, toiletries, plastics and polymers. However, those who study chemistry could enter many different sectors including the food and drink industry, utilities and research, health and medical organisations, journalism and scientific research organisations and agencies.

 

One example of how Chemists could improve the environment: A carbon capturing microporous copper silicate material has been created that could offer a cheaper and simpler way of capturing carbon dioxide from the gas flues of fossil fuel power plants.

 

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