What is Chemistry?

We live in a chemical world – the air we breathe, the ground we walk on, the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the buildings we live and work in – and our bodies, are all made of chemicals. Chemistry is therefore a subject of global impact. Almost every technological change and important discovery has its foundation in chemistry; it underpins everything in our modern life-style. In short, chemists are the key to influencing life and making the world a better place in which to live.

Specifics

  • Course specific entry requirements

    Grade 6, 6, 6, from 2 Sciences and Maths

  • Assessment methods

    3 final exams

  • Course type

    Linear A-level

  • Course duration

    2 years

  • Exam board

    AQA

Course content summary:

  • Physical Chemistry

    Atomic Structure, Amount of Substance, Bonding, Energetics, Equilibria, Thermodynamics, Kinetics, Electrode Potentials, Electrochemical Cells and Acids and Bases

  • Inorganic Chemistry

    Periodicity, Group 2, Group 7, Period 3, Transition Metals, Ions in Aqueous Solution

  • Organic Chemistry

    Nomenclature, Reaction Mechanisms, Isomerism, Alkanes, Halogenoalkanes, Alkenes, Alcohols, Aldehydes & Ketones, Carboxylic Acids, Aromatic Chemistry, Amines, Polymers, Amino Acids, Proteins, DNA, Synthesis, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Chromatography.

  • Experiments are used through this course to support the learning and to help students enhance their experience with laboratory equipment.

Why choose Xaverian?

  • Nuffield placement scheme

  • RSC Chemistry Olympiad

  • Cambridge Chemistry Challenge

  • Visits to local university laboratories

What can i do after Xaverian

Chemists are not just employed in industry – they work in many areas including cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, forensic science, pathology, water analysis, art restoration, the civil service and even accountancy. Many employers rate a Chemistry qualification very highly indeed, even if the career they offer has no Chemistry component.

This is because of the mental training and discipline that the subject promotes. It encourages us to analyse problems critically and to look for scientific evidence before drawing any conclusions.

So, a good grade in A-level Chemistry is a valuable qualification in its own right – it is like having an open flight ticket to any destination in the world – it gives you great choice. It is vital if you want to study medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, biochemistry, food science or veterinary science.

Whether you prefer working alone or with others, inside or out, at home or overseas, there are opportunities in all these areas with Chemistry. Think carefully. A Chemistry qualification opens the door wide to an exciting, challenging and rewarding future

How will you study?

All the Chemistry teachers are experienced and enthusiastic, and use a range of teaching methods to ensure that each individual student has the very best chance of achieving his or her potential.

Why choose Xaverian?

  • Nuffield placement scheme

  • RSC Chemistry Olympiad

  • Cambridge Chemistry Challenge

  • Visits to local university laboratories

What can i do after Xaverian

Chemists are not just employed in industry – they work in many areas including cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, forensic science, pathology, water analysis, art restoration, the civil service and even accountancy. Many employers rate a Chemistry qualification very highly indeed, even if the career they offer has no Chemistry component.

This is because of the mental training and discipline that the subject promotes. It encourages us to analyse problems critically and to look for scientific evidence before drawing any conclusions.

So, a good grade in A-level Chemistry is a valuable qualification in its own right – it is like having an open flight ticket to any destination in the world – it gives you great choice. It is vital if you want to study medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, biochemistry, food science or veterinary science.

Whether you prefer working alone or with others, inside or out, at home or overseas, there are opportunities in all these areas with Chemistry. Think carefully. A Chemistry qualification opens the door wide to an exciting, challenging and rewarding future

How will you study?

All the Chemistry teachers are experienced and enthusiastic, and use a range of teaching methods to ensure that each individual student has the very best chance of achieving his or her potential.