A Level Course Outline
What is A2 Chemistry?
A2 Chemistry goes beyond that of the AS course, expanding on many of the AS topics and introducing others which are entirely new.
New topics include aromatic compounds, carbonyls, condensation polymers and transition elements. Amongst the new concepts introduced are chirality, entropy and electrode potentials.
Candidates learn more about physical analytical techniques, such as chromatography and NMR spectroscopy, and how the information they provide can be combined to enhance the breadth and depth of a chemist's problem solving skills.
Applications to everyday contexts are always emphasised and students will learn about the invaluable contribution chemistry makes to modern life, not only in terms of the analytical processes it provides, but the ever-improving materials it develops, including pharmaceuticals.
Ongoing research is currently developing degradable polymers, medicines with improved pharmacological activity and fewer side-effects, and fuel-cell vehicles as alternatives to those which are petrol or diesel powered. All of these, and more, feature in the recently-revised A-level specification.
Challenges of the course
Candidates will need to develop the skill of bringing together concepts and knowledge from different areas of chemistry and applying them in particular contexts, some of which may be unfamiliar. Questions test the ability to use mathematical and reasoning skills for the purpose of problem-solving. Practical skills are developed and integrated with the understanding of particular theoretical concepts.
What do I need before I start the course?
Structure of the Course
This course will be taught for 6x 1hour lessons per week.
1 hour 15 minutes every fortnight will be set aside for practical work, and practical skills will be developed and assessed in these lessons.
Homework is set after each class and is an essential part of the course. Mock exams take place each month.
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