Whilst studying the A Level Chemistry course you will cover a range of different topics including:
Physical chemistry – atomic structure, electron configuration, moles and Avogadro’s, equations and formulae, the nature and types of chemical bonding, enthalpy change, calorimetry, kinetics, equilibrium and at A Level only thermodynamics, rate equations, equilibrium expressions, acids and bases, acid dissociation constants, pH curves, buffers and indicators, electrode potential and electrochemical cells.
Inorganic Chemistry – Periodic trends and properties of period 3 elements, group 2 trends, group 7 trends and at A Level only oxides of period 3, transition metals, ligand substitution, complexes and catalysts.
Organic Chemistry – nomenclature, reaction mechanisms, isomerism, alkanes, haloalkanes, alkenes, alcohols and at A Level only optical isomerism, carboxylic acids, aromatic chemistry, amines and polymers.
Analytical Chemistry – mass spectroscopy, infra-red spectroscopy and at A Level only proton NMR, Chromatography and organic synthesis
On this course you will be taught through a variety of different methods, theory lessons, independent research and practical experiments. You will also be expected to support self-study using the internet, text books and information sheets.
Overall, at least 30% of the marks in assessments during the course will require the use of mathematical skills. These skills will be applied in the context of chemistry and will be at least the standard of higher tier GCSE Mathematics. It is highly recommend that you study alongside A Level Maths or Level 3 Mathematics in context due to the level of mathematical skills used in the course.