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A stimulating, practical based course that revises and builds upon the topics you have covered at GCSE, as well as exploring many new topics such as spectroscopy and the transition metals. Units at AS Level cover atomic structure and bonding, the periodic table, rates of reaction (and others) and studies them in more depth. Approximately a third of the course looks at organic (carbon based) chemistry where you investigate the reactions of different organic families such as alkenes and alcohols. You will then study three more units in Year 2 to complete the A Level. These second year topics include aromatic compounds and amines, identifying mechanisms for chemical reactions and learning how to conduct characteristic tests for carbonyl compounds. There is also more application of mathematical formulae to Chemistry which includes using logarithmic functions to determine the pH of acids and alkalis. In the first year of studying A Level Chemistry you will study topics such as the structure of atoms, repeating trends in the periodic table, reactions of acids, alkenes and halogenoalkanes. You will also develop problem solving skills by learning to use analytical techniques in sprectroscopy to identify unknown structures. In the second year, you will learn about cyclic organic compounds such as benzene and other arenes. You will use mechanisms to explain how a chemical reaction takes place and increase your application of mathematical formulae such as determining entropy changes of reactions. There are also opportunities for studying everyday applications of Chemistry, such as how buffers work to control the pH of our blood, and how redox reactions are used in fuel cells. Ofsted described the AS and A Level Chemistry courses as "outstanding" in our recent inspection report (April 2012). We are extremely proud of our pass rates and high grades in Chemistry. We achieve the best resu

A stimulating, practical based course that revises and builds upon the topics you have covered at GCSE, as well as exploring many new topics such as spectroscopy and the transition metals. Units at AS Level cover atomic structure and bonding, the periodic table, rates of reaction (and others) and studies them in more depth. Approximately a third of the course looks at organic (carbon...

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Entry Requirements

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English. You wilol also need a minimum of grafe B in Core Science and #Additional Science or a grade B in Chemistry.

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English. You wilol also need a minimum of grafe B in Core Science and #Additional Science or a grade B in Chemistry.

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