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Chemistry

Overview

Chemistry attempts to answer the big question: What is everything made from? It’s the search for this answer that makes this subject so fascinating. From investigating how one substance can be changed drastically into another, to researching a new wonder drug to save millions of lives, the opportunities that chemistry provides are endless.

Entry Requirements

Students will need GCSE Maths at least grade 6 or above.

Taking Double Award Science? You will need at least a grade 6/6.

Taking Triple Award Science? You will need at least a grade 6 in Chemistry.

AQA

Learning & Assessment

Modules / Topics

Chemistry is split up into three major sections:

  • Physical Chemistry which involves quantifying properties including amount of substance calculations, rates of reaction, behaviours of gases, equilibrium, thermodynamics and more.
  • Organic Chemistry is the chemistry of living things and discusses reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alcohols, esters, carbonyl chemistry, aromatic compounds, DNA and biological molecules. As well as how to analyse the compounds we learn to synthesise.
  • Inorganic Chemistry is the study of all non-carbon elements. Whilst studying it you will learn about why chemicals are coloured, how different groups behave and more.

Trips / Visits / Enrichment

We will take you to Newcastle University and give you experience of using a University standard lab. We also run an enrichment designed to help put the science we teach in a wider real world context.

Assessment

There are three exams at the end of second year.

  • Paper 1 covers Physical and Inorganic chemistry: 2 hours, 35% of A Level
  • Paper 2 covers Physical and Organic chemistry: 2 hours, 35% of A Level
  • Paper 3 covers all topics: 2 hours, 30% of A Level

At least 15% of the marks are based on what you learn during practical work.

What do our students say?

 
 
 
Chemistry is often challenging, but there is a great feeling of satisfaction once you understand it. Chemists are necessary to the world, to overcome many dilemmas – from finding new, useful drugs in pharmacy, to finding ways t...
 
 
 
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