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Chemistry

Course Leader:Mr Matthew Briscoe
BSc

Chemistry is a stimulating and exciting subject, forever changing and expanding. It involves the investigation of substances, what they are made of, how they interact and what role they play in living things. It is vital to every aspect of life. 

This course is a linear course with examinations after two years.

The course explores all aspects of Chemistry – physical, inorganic and organic, as well as modern analytical techniques. You will need a logical approach to problem solving, have good mathematical skills and be able to understand and use abstract principles. Topics covered in the course include:

 

  • Atomic structure and bonding
  • Energetics and kinetics
  • Equilibria
  • Oxidation and reduction
  • Periodicity
  • Organic analysis
  • Alkanes/alkenes/alcohols
  • Biochemistry and Drug synthesis

 

Practical aspects of Chemistry play a major role in the course with 12 assessed practical tasks throughout the two year course including examinations of practical techniques.

A Chemistry A-level is highly sought after and can open doors to any number of career paths.  Chemistry is essential if you are considering a career in medicine, biological or forensic science or industrial or environmental research. Students that have studied A-Level Chemistry at The John Warner School have gone on to university courses such as Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Medicine and Forensics. 

Enrichment

The students have the opportunity to visit Glaxo Smith Kline as part of a work experience program. Students have the opportunity to visit Oxford University to experience practical chemistry is a university laboratory. The Nuffield Bursary scheme is also available for the summer of year 12 in a variety of research establishments which can lead to a Gold Crest Award.

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