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Years 12 and 13 (Sixth Form)

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Years 12 and 13 (Sixth Form)

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Head of subject

Mrs A. MacKenzie
mackenziea@wscampus.net

 
 

 


Links and resources

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science     
for GCSE / A-level specifications and past papers

www.my-gcsescience.com
for GCSE science revision

BBC Bitesize - GCSE

S-cool GCSE revision

Primrose Kitten
Physics and Chemistry tutorials

 

 

Overview


Chemistry enables you to understand the world around you, understand how things react, know which chemical is the best for a job, make your own products and create new substances and materials. Some of the most widely used materials were developed by Chemists including Kevlar, LCD’s and Teflon.

A-Level Chemistry will develop your understanding from GCSE and provide you with many skills, not just learning Chemistry. It will develop your ability to interpret information, to provide a balanced argument, to link various subjects together and to make conclusions based on fact. Who knows, you could be the next winner of the Nobel Prize for Science for the new material that you’ve developed.

 

Chemistry AS/A-Level is one of the most sought after qualifications for entry into Higher Education in any field, especially for courses in the sciences, any branch of Engineering and Medicine. Chemistry is also highly regarded by employers, who recognise that it helps to develop students' numeracy and their analytical expertise. A-Level Chemistry is a natural progression from GCSE science and many of the topics that you have studied at GCSE will be examined at greater depth. At AS/A2 we follow the AQA specification A course. 

 

What will I learn?


The course

Students will follow the AQA Chemistry Specification. You will study the three main areas of chemistry; Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry. Topics include:


 Organic Synthesis

 Analytical techniques including the interpretation of IR, MS and NMR spectra

 Electrochemical cells

Transition metals and their properties

 Periodicity

 

Next step: University and careers


Chemistry is useful for a huge range of careers, including: Engineering, Finance, Archaeology, All fields of Medicine,  Environment, Forensics, Sports Science, Architecture, Media, Journalism, Military, Communications, Law, Nanotechnology, Teaching and many more


Chemistry is highly sought after by Universities even if you’re not studying a Science. For more information about careers please visit the following websites:


https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/what-can-i-do-with-my-degree/chemistry

 

http://www.rsc.org/careers/future/