What will I study?
The Chemistry course offers a flexible approach where the specification is divided into modules each covering key areas.
Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics and both are examined through written papers. There is no coursework.
• Module 1 – Development of practical skills
• Module 2 – Foundations of Chemistry e.g. atoms, amount, redox and structure & bonding
• Module 3 – Periodic table and energy
• Module 4 – Core Organic Chemistry e.g. hydrocarbons, isomerism and infra-red spectroscopy
• Module 5 – Physical Chemistry and transition elements
• Module 6 – Organic Chemistry and analysis, e.g. carbonyls and nuclear magnetic resonance
Examination papers will incorporate multiple-choice questions, short answer question styles (structured questions, problem-solving, calculations, practical) and extended response questions.
• Paper 1 – Periodic table, elements and physical Chemistry
• Paper 2 – Synthesis and analytical techniques
• Paper 3 – Unified Chemistry
Practical endorsement – Students achieve a pass or fail. This is independent of their final grade but is recorded on their exam certificate. To achieve a pass, students have to successfully carry out twelve specified practical experiments including a formal write-up. Where will it lead? There are many courses at University that require Chemistry as a prerequisite such as Chemistry, Chemical engineering and Medicine. A Level in Chemistry is also a preferred qualification for Law and Business courses.