Course Description

Chemistry is a subject of global impact and as a fundamental science is involved in almost every aspect of daily life. Most technological changes and new discoveries have their foundation in chemistry. This popular course conveys the excitement of contemporary chemistry, exploring the frontiers of research and applications of chemistry, and relating them to traditional concepts.

In Year 12 you will cover topics ranging from atomic structure, bonding, inorganic chemistry and the periodic table to modern analytical techniques and energetics. Experimental chemistry will be taught throughout the topics with questions assessing conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods in the exams.

Throughout the second year you will embed and develop the content covered in the first year, while also gaining a deep understand of organic and inorganic chemistry.

Course Content

The two year A level course has three exams, all of which are assessed at the end of the two years. Exam 1, which is worth 37%, covers advanced inorganic and physical chemistry. Exam 2 worth 37% covers advanced organic and physical chemistry. Exam 3 worth 26% covers general and practical principles in chemistry. The papers may include multiple choice, short open, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions. A separately reported practical endorsement certificate is awarded for candidates demonstrating sufficient skill in key areas.

What could I do next?

Chemists are the key to influencing life and making the world a better place to live. Chemistry links Physics and Biology and provides the basis for a range of key areas such as medicine and chemical engineering. A chemistry qualification is like having an open flight ticket to anywhere in the world – it gives you many choices. It is not just an end in itself, but an exciting beginning. Chemistry is considered by many employers to be excellent training for almost any occupation or profession. Many of our students have gone on to study pure chemistry, pharmacology, environmental sciences, accountancy, biochemistry and forensic science.