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Level: A level Examination board: AQA Specification: A level 7405

Year 12 course outline

Physical Chemistry 1: Atomic structure, Amount of Substances, Bonding, Energetics, Kinetics, Equilibria, Redox Reaction.

Inorganic Chemistry 1: Periodicity, Group 2: The Alkaline Earth Metals, Group 7: The Halogens.

Organic Chemistry 1: Introduction to organic Chemistry, Alkanes, Halogenoalkanes, Alkenes, Alcohols, Organic Analysis.

Year 13 course outline

Physical Chemistry 2: Thermodynamics, Rate equation, Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells, equilibria.

Inorganic Chemistry 2: Acids and bases, Periodicity, Transition metals, Reactions of ions in aqueous solution.

Organic Chemistry 2: Aromatic chemistry, Amines, polymers, Amino acids proteins and DNA, Organic synthesis and analysis, Nuclear magnetic resonance, Chromatography.

Opportunities beyond the classroom

Students are encouraged to become a member of Chemnet, which is part of the Royal Society of Chemistry. There will be lectures relating to the subject during the year - in both the Sixth Form lectures and the general audience Smalley Lectures - which will broaden their understanding of the application of Chemistry. Students also have the chance to undertake project work to explore their own interest as part of the essay where students are asked to read the New Scientist.

Course requirements (GCSE grades/interests)

Grade 6 at GCSE in Chemistry or Trilogy Science. Maths at GCSE grade 6 and study of Maths at A level is highly desirable.



No coursework but 6 nominated practicals to be completed and assessed for Practical Endorsement.


A level Paper 1: Physical, inorganic chemistry and practical skills • 2 hrs • 105 marks • 35% of A level.

A level Paper 2: Physical, organic chemistry and practical skills • 105 hrs • 105 marks • 35% of A level.

A level Paper 3: Content • Practical skills • 2 hrs • 90 marks • 30% of A level.

Higher education courses linked to the subject

Having studied Chemistry at A level students will be able to study Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Forensic Science, Pharmacology, Natural Sciences, Toxicology and Environmental Science amongst many others.

Careers linked to the subject

Chemistry is an essential entry requirement for medicine, dentistry, veterinary studies and medical sciences.

Get in touch

For more information contact the Head of Department.

Name: Mr Peter Unitt