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Chemistry in the Sixth Form

A-Level Chemistry

A-Level Chemistry is a rigorous and challenging course that builds on GCSE and develops students’ scientific skills and understanding. There are six units in the full A-Level; three at AS and three at A2. For AS there are 2 examinations testing all 3 units and for A2 there are 3 examinations testing all units in the course. In addition to this there are 12 assessed core practical investigations that are carried out throughout the 2 years which assess the investigative skills of each student.

Year 12 – AS Level Chemistry
Term 1 Unit 1; Foundation Chemistry
  • Atomic structure
  • Amount of substance
  • Bonding
  • Energetics
  • Kinetics
  • Equilibria and Redox Reactions
Term 2 Unit 2; Chemistry in Action
  • Periodicity
  • Group 2, the alkane earth metals
  • Group 7, the halogens.
Term 3 Unit 3; Organic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Organic Chemistry
  • Alkanes and halogenoalkanes
  • Alkenes and Alcohols
  • Organic Analysis.
Throughout the year Internal Assessment (Core Practical Investigations).

Year 13 – A-Level Chemistry
Term 1 Unit 4; Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry
  • Thermodynamics
  • Rate equations and Kp
  • Electrode Potential and Cells
  • Acids, Bases and pH
Term 2 Unit 5; Energetics, Redox, and Inorganic Chemistry
  • Period 3 Elements
  • Transition metals.
Term 3 Unit 6; Organic Chemistry
  • Isomerism and Carbonyl Compounds
  • Aromatic Compounds and Amines
  • Polymers
  • Amino Acids, Proteins and DNA
  • Further Synthesis and Analysis.
Throughout the year Internal Assessment (Core Practical Investigations).