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UK Chemistry Olympiad is a unique opportunity for students to push themselves further and excel in the chemistry field
A Level Chemistry requires you to achieve at least the minimum entry requirements for your chosen pathway plus a grade 6 or higher in GCSE Chemistry and Maths and 1 grade 6 or higher in another Science. If combined Science, grade 6-6 or higher and grade 6 in Maths. The minimum entry requirements will be discussed at open events and at your college interview.
Chemistry is an excellent preparation for you if you are looking to extend your understanding of a key physical science. It is a central science which opens up the possibility of a huge range of science related university courses and jobs. These includes medicine and health related professions such as dentistry, pharmacy and veterinary sciences etc., as well as chemical engineering, optometry and courses that overlap with maths and physics. A Level Chemistry blends particularly well with other science subjects such as Physics and Biology. You may also take it as a complementary course alongside other choices. If you are interested in how things work and why materials behave as they do then chemistry is for you.
You will be taught in one of our two specialist laboratories: both are equipped with fume cupboards and interactive whiteboards and the sort of glassware and equipment that you would expect to find in new, purpose built, laboratories. The course will develop your practical skills. These are an essential, and an assessed, part of the course. There is also a well-equipped central computer area that is shared across the science department. You will be helped in your studies by a team of experienced teaching staff who have many successful years of experience of A Level teaching, and a technician team who know how to handle the demands of practical work. All of our Chemistry teachers come from a background with industrial experience, with several of our staff educated to PhD level.
Most of our courses are led by a single teacher or a team of two teachers. Each of the four lessons in the week is 70 minutes long and are built around a mixture of theory and practical sessions. Our teaching is structured around the usual pattern of a starter, main content and then a plenary. We help you check your learning through regular tests and use feedback to help guide improvements and to stretch and challenge all. We have a very active support programme too. This means that you will find a group of Chemistry students in the labs at lunch time for extra support or challenge with one or two of our staff, please come and join them once you start your course.
We supply you with text books and some revision guides for the duration of the course. We use AQA Chemistry by Ted Lister and Janet Renshaw (ISBN-13: 978-0-1983-5181-8). You will also be provided with past exam paper booklets during the year.
• Atomic structure
• Amount of substance
• Oxidation, reduction and redox equations
• Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
• Group 7(17), the halogens
• Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems
• Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells
• Acids and bases
• Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides
• Transition metals
• Reactions of ions in aqueous solution
• Amount of substance, Bonding, Energetics and Chemical equilibria
• Introduction to organic chemistry
• Alkanes; Halogenoalkanes; Alkenes; Alcohols
• Organic analysis
Rate equations: Simple rate equations Determination of rate equation.
• Optical isomerism
• Aldehydes and ketones; Carboxylic acids and derivatives; Aromatic chemistry; Amines; Amino acids, proteins and DNA
• Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
• Titration based practical skills
• Wet analysis
• Organic Synthesis
Chemistry is an academically challenging course. The key to success is, as ever, good preparation. How can you prepare? You need to be comfortable with the basic chemistry from your GCSE course, most importantly, Bonding and Structure, Periodcity, Chemical Formulae, Moles and Chemistry Calculations and Balancing Equations. When you come to Wyke Start in the summer, we will give you some induction materials to help you prepare.
Chemistry is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, nursing, biochemistry, dentistry or forensic science. It will also equip you for a career in industry, for example in the petrochemical or pharmaceutical industries. In the past our students have joined university courses in: Chemistry Chemical Engineering Medicine Medical science Biomedical Science Bio-Veterinary Science Pharmacy Physics Aerospace Engineering Optometry Civil Engineering To name but some!
At Wyke Start, our 2-day taster event in July, each of your subjects will set you some work to complete to help prepare you for the course. The work for this course will be available on this page to complete following this event.
You will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of additional activities led by the department including an annual Chemistry Olympiad Challenge and programme of external guest speakers.