Chemistry is a very vibrant subject: it deals with an atomic and molecular scale interpretation of the world around us and is often called the Central Science because it bridges and infiltrates all branches of Science.
Periodic table and energy - The periodic table and periodicity, Group 2 and the halogens, qualitative analysis, enthalpy changes, reaction
rates and equilibrium (qualitative).
Core Organic Chemistry - Hydrocarbons, alcohols and haloalkanes, organic synthesis, analytical techniques (IR, MS).
Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements - Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative), pH and buffers, enthalpy, entropy and free energy, redox and
electrode potentials, transition elements.
Organic Chemistry and Analysis - Aromatic compounds, carbonyl compounds, carboxylic acids and esters, nitrogen compounds, polymers, organic
synthesis, chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR).
Individual and group practical activities; peer and self assessment tasks; exam technique seminars/class activities; research; discussion; presentations; visits to universities; optional one week trip to France and Switzerland.
What could you be?
Chemical Engineer; Dentist; Research Chemist; Doctor; Pharmacist; Environmental Scientist.
Where could you go?
University of Birmingham; University of Bristol; University of Cambridge; Cardiff University; University of Edinburgh; Imperial College London; University of Leeds; University of Liverpool; University of Manchester; University of Nottingham; University of Oxford; University of Sheffield; University of Southampton.
Recent student destinations:
Oxford - Chemistry; Nottingham - Chemistry and Molecular Physics; Nottingham - Medicine; Bath - Pharmacy; York - Chemistry; Bath - Chemistry; Cambridge - Natural Sciences.
Grade 6 or above in GCSE Chemistry, or Grade 6, 6 in combined science. Grade 6 or above in GCSE Maths.
A Level: 3 Written Exams: Plus a practical skills endorsement.