Chemistry impacts on all facets of our lives and as a student here you will develop a real understanding of how chemistry is necessary to all other sciences, from astronomy to zoology. You will learn how the materials used by engineers and technologists are made by chemical reactions and how we all experience chemical reactions continuously, whether it be breathing or baking a cake, driving a car or listening to a battery driven MP3 player.

Subject content:

Physical chemistry: atomic structure; amount of substance; bonding; energetics; kinetics; chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc; oxidation, reduction and redox equations; thermodynamics; rate equations; equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems; electrode potentials and electrochemical cells; acids and bases

Inorganic Chemistry: periodicity; group 2, the alkaline earth metals; group 7 (17), the halogens; properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides; Transition metals; reactions of ions in aqueous solution

Organic Chemistry: introduction to organic chemistry; alkanes; halogenoalkanes; alkenes; alcohols; organic analysis; optical isomerism; aldehydes and ketones; carboxylic acids and derivatives; aromatic chemistry; amines; polymers; amino acids, proteins and DNA; organic synthesis; nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy; chromatography

An A-level in chemistry will prepare you for further study at university in a wealth of fascinating areas such as chemistry, biochemistry and environmental engineering.

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Entry Requirements

Grade B in GCSE Chemistry or Grades BB if taken the Double Science GCSE.

5 GCSE’s grade A*-C or 4 and above, including English and maths.

Interview Required.

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