Entry Requirements

Grade B GCSE Chemistry or

Grade B GCSE Additional Science

Grade 5 GCSE Maths (Desirable)

Course Structure

Course Structure

Year 12

Four modules:

Development of practical skills

Foundations in chemistry

Periodic table and energy

Core organic chemistry

Examined in two papers at AS:

Paper 1 – Breadth in chemistry

Paper 2 – Depth in chemistry

Year 13

Two further modules:

Physical chemistry and transition elements

Organic chemistry and analysis

Content of all six modules examined in three papers at A2:

Paper 1 – Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry

Paper 2 – Synthesis and analytical techniques

Paper 3 – Unified chemistry

For more information contact

Mrs T Tudor

A-Level (AS & A2)

Course Content

Module 1 Development of practical skills

This module underpins the whole of the specification, and covers the practical skills that students should develop throughout the course. Practical activities will include acid-base titrations, distillation, heating under reflux, monitoring rates of reaction, pH measurement and use of apparatus for qualitative analysis. The skills will be assessed within the written examinations and the Practical Endorsement.

Module 2 Foundations in chemistry

This module acts as a bridge into AS and A2 chemistry from the study of chemistry at GCSE level. It provides students with the knowledge and understanding of the key chemical ideas that underpin the study of chemistry at A-level.

Topics include:-

Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations

Amount of substance

Acid-base and redox reactions

Electrons, bonding and structure

Module 3 Periodic table and energy

The Periodic Table and periodicity

Group 2 and Group 7

Qualitative analysis

Enthalpy changes

Reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative)

Module 4 Core organic chemistry

Basic concepts of organic chemistry

Hydrocarbons

Alcohols and halogenoalkanes

Organic synthesis

Analytical techniques (IR and MS)

Module 5 Physical chemistry and transition elements

Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative)

pH and buffers

Enthalpy, entropy and free energy

Redox and electrode potentials

Transition elements

Module 6 Organic chemistry and analysis

Aromatic compounds

Carbonyl compounds

Carboxylic acids and esters

Nitrogen compounds

Polymers

Organic synthesis

Chromatography and NMR spectroscopy

Opportunities for enrichment activities

Students have the opportunity to visit Newcastle University for a “Spectroscopy day”, in which they are able to see first-hand the specialist equipment used for analytical techniques such as IR, MS and NMR, as well as participate in some problem solving activities. A team of students may also be selected to take part in the national RSC Young Analysts competition at the University of Northumbria where