What is it?
Through studying A Level Chemistry, you can develop many transferable skills including problem solving, numeracy and a range of laboratory skills, as well as the development of a broader scientific background.
Why study this subject at Blackpool Sixth?
Excellent teaching and learning. The college has STEM Assured status for the very high standard of our science education. You will have the opportunity to join the ChemNet – and become a junior member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
What skills will I develop?
In addition to developing your skills in chemistry, as part of the learning you will also develop the following skills: time management, team working, organisation, listening, communication, numeracy and research.
How will I be taught?
You will be provided with notes booklets for each topic. In addition to this you will be asked to: complete individual and group work activities to enable you to develop your understanding. Answer short questions within the booklet. Complete homework using past exam paper questions. Take regular key assessments to ensure you have understood a topic. Attend support sessions to help in your learning. Carry out practical chemistry tasks to meet the endorsement and prepare you fully for the written examinations.
How will I be assessed?
A level chemistry is 100% examination based. You will sit three papers at the end of your second year. In addition to this you also complete the practical endorsement which comprise of 12 required practicals.
Your teaching team comprises of very experienced A level teachers who have research experience and are current examiners or verifiers.
Field trips, projects and employability opportunities
There is a Christmas lecture to end the year with a bang. Many students chose to apply for Science Club or Medical Society. We maintain good links with University chemistry departments and trips are run to allow students to experience working in university laboratories. Each year students sit the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge and the Royal Society of Chemistry Olympiad.
Where does it lead?
Chemistry students progress to a wide range of courses, including medicine, dentistry and veterinary studies. Many students chose to study chemistry and have gone on to prestigious universities.
You will be required to purchase a calculator.
- Grade 5 in GCSE Maths plus grade 6 and 5 from GCSE Combined Science (higher tier), or grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry. We strongly advise you to take another science or maths with A Level Chemistry.
What will I study?
You will study the three strands of chemistry which are physical, organic and inorganic.
- Atomic structure and bonding
- Amount of substance
- Energetics and kinetics
- Chemical equilibria
- REDOX reactions
- Group 2 and 7 reactions
- Equilibrium constant
- Electrochemical cells
- Acids, bases and pH
- Transition metals
- Aliphatic and Aromatic chemistry
- Chemistry of amines and amino acids