Head of Chemistry: Dr W Ross, PhD Imperial College London


Chemistry is a challenging subject which seeks to explain what goes on in the world around us. Chemistry teaches students to think logically and to solve problems; as a consequence a qualification in Chemistry is highly regarded by employers and higher educational institutions. Chemistry offers many career advantages and represents one of the best opportunities for future employment in such diverse fields as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, plastics, cosmetics and food.

Course Content – AS
Unit 1: Core Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
This unit explores the core areas of Chemistry. Atomic structure and bonding form the basis of ideas that are expanded upon throughout the course. Calculations about formulae, equations and amounts of substance are introduced. There is also a section on Redox.

Unit 2: Organic and Physical Chemistry
Introduction of the chemistry of carbon compounds and further development of ideas in physical chemistry covered in unit two. Analytical techniques are introduced at this point.

Course Content – A2
The A Level course content includes everything listed above and also covers acid-base equilibria and transition metals.

A2 Chemistry also includes a more in depth look at kinetics, energetics and organic compounds.