Chemistry is designed to provide for those who wish to specialise in the subject and for those who need Chemistry as a qualification for other courses. It opens doors to a wide range of areas, since the subject is central to most sciences. Chemistry is essential for careers in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy, Biochemistry, Metallurgy and Chemical Engineering. It is required in industries related to cosmetics, textiles, pharmaceuticals, food, brewing, detergents, agrochemicals and many more. Chemists are employed in research, marketing, sales and technical support, personnel development, buying, patents, management, investment banking, and financial markets.
Chemists are employed in careers which recognise and reward the numeracy, logical thinking and problem solving skills that the subject develops.
The AS and A level Specification encourages students to:
acquire the confidence to apply their understanding of scientific concepts to unfamiliar phenonoma and information;
develop the ability to communicate scientific ideas logically and concisely;
appreciate the way in which Chemistry can be used to reduce environmental problems, to raise standards of living, fight disease, improve health and benefit industry.
- Unit 1 – Foundation Chemistry
- Unit 2 – Chemistry in Action
- Unit 3 – Investigative and Practical Skills in AS Chemistry
Year 13 :
- Unit 4 – Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry
- Unit 5 – Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry
- Unit 6 – Investigative and Practical Skills in A2 Chemistry
Structured tests assess each of Units 1, 2, 4 and 5, together with centre-based assessment of practical skills for Units 3 and 6.
Course Title: Chemistry
Specification numbers: AS 1421, A2 2421
Examination Board: AQA