How is the course delivered?
Mainly laboratory based learning.
Is this course suitable for me?
Yes, if you have enjoyed the Chemistry you have studied at GCSE, will achieve at least 6-6 in Combined Science and would like to develop your knowledge further.
Is there anything else I can do before I start the course?
You should have studied Science to Intermediate level by taking either double Award Science GCSE or GNVQ Intermediate. You may have taken Chemistry as a separate subject at GCSE.
What are the mandatory modules or units?
(What will I have to study?)
Foundations in Chemistry (Atoms, copunds, molecules and equations, amount of substance, acid-base and redox reactions, electrons, bonding and structure)
Periodic table and energy (The periodic table and periodicity, Group 2 and the halogens, Qualitative analysis, enthalpy changes, reactions rates and equilibrium – qualitative)
Core organic chemistry ( includes basic concepts, hydrocarbons, alcohols and haloalkanes, organic synthesis, analytical techniques of IR and MS)
Practical skills in Chemistry
Year 12 content plus the following:
Physical chemistry and transition elements (Reaction rates and equilibrium – quantitative,
Chemistry pH and buffers, enthalpy, entropy and free energy, redox and electrode potentials,
Organic chemistry and analysis (Aromatic compounds, carbonyl compounds, carboxylic acids and esters, nitrogen compounds, polymers, organic synthesis, chromatography and spectroscopy – NMR)
Practical Skills In Chemistry
What materials do I have to provide?
All class notes should be organised into topic files. You will need to purchase a textbook at
the start of the course – Approximate cost £20. Labcoat £10. Goggles £5.
What can I do after this course?
Chemistry can lead to a wide range of degree courses in science, medicine or research.
What careers would this course be useful for?
With a qualification in Chemistry you could go on to Further or Higher Education, studying Chemistry or one of the other sciences or related subjects, or work in science based industry such as Chemical Engineering, Materials Science or Biotechnology. It is essential for the Medical
Field, Pharmacy and Environmental Science. Chemistry is also a well-respected subject in its own right and suitable for entry into a wide range of professions.
Who can I contact for more information?
Miss A Petrie – Head of Chemistry