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A-level Chemistry

Full-time A-level Chemistry Level 3 | GCE AS Level in Chemistry A

Chemistry is the study of substances: what they are made of, how they interact and what role they play in living things and other processes. In fact, chemistry is the study of all materials and is vital to every aspect of life. Chemistry is all around us, from the air we breathe to the food we eat a...

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16-18

Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course.

19-23

If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, then you may be entitled to a Legal Entitlement to cover the cost of your tuition, exam and material fees.

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If you are 19 or over and taking an English or Maths course up to an including Level 2, and have not previously achieved a GCSE Grade A* to C or grade 4 or higher, then you may be entitled to a Legal Entitlement to cover the cost of your tuition, exam and material fees.

19+ (Level 2 Course or Below etc.)

If you are aged 19 or over and studying a level 2 course or below, you may be entitled to a Low Income/Benefit Waiver. If awarded, this Waiver will cover your tuition, exam and material fees.

19+ (Level 3 Course or Above etc.)

If you are aged 19 or over and studying on a level 3 course or above, and the Level 3 Legal Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may however be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the tuition fees.

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Summary

Chemistry is the study of substances: what they are made of, how they interact and what role they play in living things and other processes. In fact, chemistry is the study of all materials and is vital to every aspect of life. Chemistry is all around us, from the air we breathe to the food we eat and the clothes we wear. This A-level course is designed to enable learners to develop essential knowledge and an understanding of the main chemistry concepts, and the skills needed for the use of these in new and changing situations, as well as an understanding of the link between theory and practical application. What will I study? A-level Chemistry (Year 1 and Year 2): Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry • Practical skills assessed in a written examination • Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry • 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 the halogens • Qualitative analysis • Enthalpy changes • Reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative) Module 4 – Core organic chemistry • Basic concepts • Hydrocarbons • Alcohols and haloalkanes • 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

What do I need to join?

To study this course, you will have obtained a minimum of grade 7/A in GCSE Chemistry, 7–7/AA in Combined Science and 6/B in Mathematics. The minimum entrance requirements for this course are 6–6/BB in GCSE Combined Science, plus a grade 6/B or better in GCSE Mathematics with an entrance test.

How will I know how I am doing?

Year 1 is assessed by two written exams, both 90 minutes long. Both exams will cover modules 1–4. Year 2 is assessed by three exams: two will be 135 minutes long and the other will be 90 minutes long. These exams will cover all six modules.

What can I do next?

People who study chemistry can follow endless paths as the subject is so diverse and broad. Most students go to university in order to pursue a particular passion in chemistry; these routes include: analytical chemistry, research science, forensic science, toxicology, quality control and pharmaceuticals. Chemistry can take you in so many different directions and shows a level of understanding that employers value, due to the intense complexity of the subject.

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Course information last updated: Tuesday 12th November 2019 @ 10.50am (5 days ago)

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