A-level Chemistry is currently an essential requirement for anyone planning to study medicine, veterinary science, natural sciences or dentistry at top British universities.
Successful chemistry students need to be able to link key concepts and support their ideas with evidence and mathematical precision.
The course is highly practical-based where new concepts and ideas are explored through a ‘hands-on, minds-on’ approach. We have state of the art laboratories with high-specification equipment including Motic Microscopes.
What will you study?
The Pre-A-level year develops the foundations and skills that can be transferred to concepts studied later in the course. Students are exposed to practical work throughout the course, whilst developing fundamental ideas to be a successful chemist.
Atomic structure and bonding, Introduction to organic chemistry, Electrochemistry, Introduction to kinetics, Quantitative Chemistry and Biodiversity.
Year 1– Introduction to inorganic chemistry. Energetics, Periodicity, Organic chemistry: Alkanes, halogenoalkanes, alkenes, and alcohols, Redox chemistry, Group 2 and Group 7 chemistry.
Year 2– The course builds upon the foundations of Year 1 by extending students’ ideas about organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. Kinetics, Equilibria, Acids and Bases, further organic chemistry: carbonyl chemistry, arenes, nitrogen chemistry and organic synthesis, thermodynamics, transition metal chemistry, and electrochemistry.
Approximately 15% of the total A-level marks available focus on practical skill competency: students are required to complete a minimum of 12 core practical activities over the 2-year course.