A level Chemistry builds on ideas that you have studied in school. In the first year of study you will develop your knowledge and understanding of atomic structure and ideas on which numerical work and inorganic chemistry are based. Topics include Atoms, Amount of Substance, Acids, Redox and Bonding as well as looking at trends and patterns in the Periodic Table.
You will build on your ideas of organic chemistry from school. It will give you a foundation for studying the functional groups of molecules and their reactions and raise issues about applying organic chemistry to everyday life. We also cover some fundamental physical chemistry involving energy calculations, rates of reactions and equilibria. Assessment of all modules is by written examination.
Practical skills are developed throughout the year with practical work being carried out each week. Practical skills are assessed as part of the written examinations and also via a separate standalone assessment completed in the second year of study.
You will study more organic, physical and inorganic chemistry with a strong emphasis on analysis and problem solving. Practical skills are developed further and assessed via written examination and through the Practical Endorsement, which is awarded separately to the A Level.
To study Chemistry AS at Loreto you must have achieved at least 2 Bs in core and additional GCSE Science or separate sciences and at least a grade B in Higher Tier Mathematics.