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A Level in Chemistry

Cantrbury college main entrance

Course overview

This is a course which will challenge you and help you to understand, and test, the world around you.

The department is built around a team of very experienced and enthusiastic teachers and technicians, who run a busy programme of teaching, support and practical classes. Chemistry works particularly well in combination with biology, physics and/or mathematics. As part of any programme of study it will certainly improve your skills in numeracy, practical work and logical thinking. Many Chemistry students will also take the opportunity to pursue a related Extended Project qualification in a topic linked to their intended career.

Course information

You will cover a range of topics such as:

  • Elements of life – Atomic structure, bonding and calculations
  • Developing fuels – Energetics and organic
  • Elements from the Oceans – Redox halogens, solubility and pH calculations
  • The Ozone – Radicals and CFCs
  • What?s in a medicine? – Organic and spectroscopy
  • The Chemical Industry – Equilibrium and kinetics
  • Polymers and Life – Polyester and biological chemistry
  • Developing metal – transition metals and electrochemical cells
  • Colour by Design – aromatic compounds, dyes and organic synthesis

Progression onto Year Two

Progression to the second year of this A Level course will be dependent on having made satisfactory progress in the first year of the course, including achieving at least an E grade in a formal late spring assessment, as well as the maintenance of a good level of attendance and commitment throughout the year.