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Subject Leader

Mr C Rayner

Advanced Level



Why study Chemistry?

Chemistry provides the opportunity to develop the manipulative, practical, analytical skills needed to interpret experimental data. It emphasises ability to apply knowledge and make predictions about unknown/new situations and in addition it enables you to understand the world around you, including some of the very processes of life itself.

How will you be assessed?

Pupils will sit 3 papers at the end of Year 13


Paper 1 (2 hours) a written exam – 35% – Advanced Physical and Inorganic

Paper 2 (2 hours) a written exam – 35% – Advanced Physical and Organic

Paper 3 (2 hours) a written exam – 30% – Advanced Physical, Inorganic and Organic


There is also a practical endorsement that is assessed internally upon the completion of 12 practical activities and the associated write-ups.

What will you study?  
Physical Chemistry


·         Atomic structure

·         Amount of substance

·         Structure and Bonding

·         Energetic

·         Kinetics

·         Equilibria

·         Redox Chemistry

·         Thermodynamics

·         Kinetic Rate Equations

·         Equilibrium Constants Kc

·         Electrode Potentials

·         Electrochemical Cells

·         Acids, Bases and Buffer Solutions

Inorganic Chemistry


·         Periodicity

·         Trends in group 2 and 7

·         Identification of unknown aqueous compounds

·         Transition metals and reactions of ions in solution

Organic Chemistry


·         Alkanes and Alkenes

·         Halogenoalkanes and Alcohols

·         Optical Isomerism

·         Aldehydes and Ketones

·         Carboxylic Acids

·         Aromatic Chemistry

·         Amines

·         Polymers

·         Amino Acids

·         Proteins and DNA

·         Organic Synthesis

·         NMR and Chromatography

What will Chemistry offer you in the future?

A Level Chemistry is an essential requirement for studying Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine and can lead to a large variety of career options, such as Chemical Engineering, Pharmaceuticals, Forensics, Biochemistry, Accountancy/Finance, Journalism/Publishing and Education. Universities particularly value the logical discipline and transferrable skills developed through studying Chemistry and regard it as a facilitating subject for a diverse variety of courses, providing you with the scope to pursue virtually any career path.