A Level Chemistry

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Chemistry occupies a central and pivotal position in the sciences and its study develops an appreciation of many aspects of our complex and technical society. Its study opens up many career prospects in the chemical industry e.g. petrochemicals, formulations and household products, polymers, bulk commodities and speciality chemicals. It is also a pre-requisite for other careers e.g. medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, pharmacy, food science, agricultural science, engineering and many, many more. Potential employers also value the analytical and conceptual skills that are developed during the study of chemistry. Such skills, coupled with the ability to work in a meticulous and accurate manner, enable chemistry students to pursue careers within, or outside, the vast area of Science.


AS Units

Unit 1 The Language of Chemistry, Structure of Matter and Simple Reactions.

This unit covers the following areas of study:

  • Formulae and equations
  • Basic ideas about atoms
  • Chemical calculations
  • Bonding
  • Solid structures
  • The Periodic Table
  • Simple equilibria and acid – base reactions


Unit 2: Energy, Rate and Chemistry of Carbon Compounds.

This unit covers the following areas of study:

2.1 Thermochemistry

2.2 Rates of reaction

2.3 The wider impact of chemistry

2.4 Organic chemistry

2.5 Hydrocarbons

2.6 Halogenoalkanes

2.7 Alcohols and carboxylic acids

2.8 Instrumental analysis


A2 Units

Unit 3: Physical and Inorganic Chemistry

This unit covers the following areas of study:

3.1 Redox and standard electrode potentials

3.2 Redox reactions

3.3 Chemistry of the p – block

3.4 Chemistry of the d – block

3.5 Chemical kinetics

3.6 Enthalpy changes for solids and solutions

3.7 Entropy and feasibility reactions

3.8 Equilibria constants

3.9 Acid – base equilibria


Unit 4: Organic Chemistry and Analysis

This unit covers the following areas of study:

4.1 Stereoisomerism

4.2 Aromaticity

4.3 Alcohols and phenols

4.4 Aldehydes and ketones

4.5 Carboxylic acids and their derivatives

4.6 Amines

4.7 Amino acids, peptides and proteins

4.8 Organic synthesis and analysis


Unit 5: Practical Examination


B grade or above in GCSE Chemistry or B grade or above in GCSE Double Science plus B grade or above in GCSE Maths. To continue into Year 13, students need to achieve an E grade as a min in each AS exam.

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