What will you study and other information about A Level chemistry
- Physical chemistry
- Atomic structure
- Amount of substance
- Bonding energetics
- Chemical equilibria
- Oxidation, reduction, and redox equations
- Rate equations
- Organic chemistry
- Aldehydes and ketones
- Carboxylic acids and derivatives
- Aromatic chemistry
- Amines, amino acids, proteins and DNA
- Organic synthesis and analysis
- Inorganic chemistry
- Group 2 and Group 7
- Period 3
- Transition metals
- Ions in aqueous solution
The science department runs several trips and educational visits throughout the year to enhance the experience of studying science. There may be other non-essential educational visits that students can access during the two-year course, such as visits to zoos and museums.
Students will be provided with resources/sources of information to support the course.
The recommended textbooks are available for this course via our e-resources, therefore it is not a requirement to purchase a textbook, if hard copies are preferred the information is detailed below:
- AQA A Level Chemistry by Alyn G. McFarland, Nora Henry and Teresa Quigg, approximately £40, ISBN 9781510469839.
- “AQA A-level Chemistry Student Guide: Practical Chemistry” approximately £10, ISBN 1471885143.
Students must have a scientific calculator, we strongly recommend the Casio fx-85G, approximately £8 – £10 (if studying maths or further maths, the upgraded calculator you buy for these courses will be suitable).
As we complete most of the course online, it is recommended that you have the ability to write directly into PDF documents. This may be by using an iPad or tablet or by purchasing a graphics tablet which will enable you to to enable you to annotate PDFs with handwriting, drawing, and typed text. This is not essential but it will help to keep you organised and enable you to submit work more easily. We recommend any graphics tablet with the functionality described above and we have identified some below that previous students have used:
- One by Wacom pen tablet which costs approximately £35
- XP-PEN G640 6×4 inch Drawing Tablet approximately £40
There is a Christmas lecture to end the year with a bang. Many students chose to apply for the 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.