Chemistry

Chemistry is an important subject in its own right but it is also central to the study of many branches of science. With biology and/or physics, it opens the door to further study or a career in, for example: medicine, veterinary medicine, biochemistry,  catering, chemical engineering, dentistry, food science, forensic science, accountancy, metallurgy, pharmacy and textiles.

What will you be learning?

Year 12

Physical Chemistry:

  • Atomic structure
  • Amount of substance
  • Bonding
  • Energetics
  • Kinetics
  • Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier's   principle and Kc
  • Oxidation, reduction and redox equations

Inorganic Chemistry:

  • Periodicity
  • Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
  • Group 7(17), the halogens

Organic Chemistry:

  • Introduction to organic chemistry
  • Alkanes
  • Halogenoalkanes
  • Alkenes
  • Alcohols
  • Organic analysis

Year 13

Physical Chemistry:

  • Thermodynamics
  • Rate equations
  • Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems
  • Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells
  • Acids and bases

Inorganic Chemistry:

  • Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides
  • Transition metals
  • Reactions of ions in aqueous solution

Organic Chemistry:

  • Optical isomerism
  • Aldehydes and ketones
  • Carboxylic acids and derivatives
  • Aromatic chemistry
  • Amines
  • Polymers
  • Amino acids, proteins and DNA
  • Organic synthesis
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
  • Chromatography

How is it assessed?

Y13: 3 external examinations, 100%

Entry Requirements

Minimum grade B, B in double award GCSE science

Or

Minimum grade B in chemistry for triple award GCSE science

Plus

Minimum grade 6 in GCSE maths