Why Chemistry?

The chemistry curriculum allows students to develop an understanding of physical, inorganic and organic chemistry.  It provides many transferable skills required for a range of careers. Teaching students’ skills in critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork and organisation prepares them well for the next steps that chemistry can offer.  These include careers in medicine, engineering, research, pharmacology and support the growing shortage in STEM in Yorkshire.

 What will I study?

Year 12

Module 1 – Practical skills in chemistry.

Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry:

Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations.

Amounts of substance.

Acid-base and redox reactions.

Electrons, bonding and structure.

Module 3 – Periodic table and energy:

Periodic table and periodicity.

Group 2 and halogens.

Qualitative analysis.

Enthalpy changes.

Reaction rates and equilibrium.

Module 4 – Core organic chemistry:

Basic concepts.


Alcohols and haloalkanes.

Organic synthesis.

IR and MS.

Year 13

Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements:

Reaction rates and equilibrium.

pH and buffers.

Enthalpy, entropy and free energy.

Redox and electrode potentials.

Transition elements.

Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis:

Aromatic compounds.

Carbonyl compounds.

Carboxylic acids and esters.

Nitrogen compounds.



Chromatography and NMR.

What are the entry requirements?

Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.