Chemistry plays a role in all our lives. It is essential for meeting our basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, health, energy, clean air, water and soil. Chemical technologies provide solutions to problems in health, materials and energy usage which are crucial in the continual development of society. Chemistry is often referred to as the central science, as it joins together physics, mathematics, biology, medicine, the earth and environmental sciences.

The study of Chemistry is both a fascinating and varied subject. You will study a variety of concepts and develop your practical skills through the practical endorsement part of the course. Throughout the two years you will develop your scientific methodology, build awareness of the advances in technology and recognition of the value of chemistry in society. 

Curriculum

  • Module One: Development of Practical Skills in Chemistry
    > Practical skills assessed in a written examination
    > Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement
  • Module Two: Foundations in Chemistry
    > Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations 
    > Amount of substance
    > Acid-base and redox reactions
    > Electrons, bonding and structure
  • Module Three: Periodic Table and Energy
    > The periodic table and periodicity
    > Group 2 metals and the halogens
    > Qualitative analysis
    > Enthalpy changes
    > Reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative)
  • Module Four: Core Organic Chemistry
    > Basic concepts
    > Hydrocarbons
    > Alcohols and haloalkanes
    > Organic synthesis
  • Module Five: Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements
    > Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative)
    > pH and buffers
    > Enthalpy, entropy and free energy
    > Redox and electrode potentials
    > Transition elements
  • Module Six: Organic Chemistry and Analysis
    > Aromatic, carbonyl and nitrogen compounds
    > Carboxylic acids and esters
    > Polymers
    > Organic synthesis
    > Chromatography spectroscopy (NMR)

Assessment

How am I assessed? You will take three exams at the end of the two years, covering all the content of the two years. There will be a variety of styles to assess the content studied including multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions. Subject to successful completion of a series of chemistry experiments, you will also be awarded a practical endorsement certificate in Chemistry, demonstrating your achievement in a wide range of chemical experimental techniques.

Opportunities

  • Chemnet Quiz at Bradford University
    Sharpen those pencils and get your thinking caps on! TTest your general and chemistry knowledge against other Chemnet members and post 16 students in the Bradford area.
  • Practical Day at Leeds University
    We offer you the opportunity to see a working laboratory and to use more specialist equipment you wouldn’t see in a school lab!
  • Analytical Competition at Bradford University
    Take part in a competitive environment in a national competition, and meet students from other schools!
  • Spectroscopy Trip at Leeds University
    We offer you the opportunity to see a working laboratory and to use more specialist equipment you wouldn’t see in a school lab!

Future Paths

  • Further Education
    With a qualification in Chemistry, you could progress to university.
    Potential courses include:
    > Biology
    > Chemistry
    > Computing
    > Mathematics
    > Physics
  • Careers
    Potential careers you can go into with a Chemistry qualification include:
    > Analytical Chemistry
    > Forensics
    > Chemistry
    > Engineering
    > Toxicology
    > Teaching
    > Pharmaceuticals