Chemistry is the science of substances and their properties and interactions, from explosions to the creation of new compounds. This is the ideal course if you aspire to work in pharmaceuticals, food chemistry or forensics. Topics include atomic structure, equilibrium and transition metals.
This course is one of our new Gold Star A levels. Find out more about them here.
Duration of study
- Atomic structure and the periodic table
- Monitoring the course of a reaction
Section 2 - Bonding and redox reactions
- Organic chemistry
- Bonding and structure
- Redox reactions
Section 3 - Inorganic chemistry, quantities and energy in reactions
- Electronic structures
- Inorganic chemistry and the periodic table
- Formulae, equations and amounts of substance
Section 4 - Organic chemistry
- Naming organic compounds
- Introduction to organic chemistry
- Hydrocarbons, alkanes and alkenes
- Halogenoalkanes and alcohols
Section 5 - Modern analytical techniques, kinetics and equilibrium
- Modern analytical techniques 1
- Kinetics 1
- A case study in kinetics
- A case study in equilibrium
Section 6 - Equilibria and lattice energy
- Safety in the laboratory
- Choosing a suitable indicator for acid-case titrations
- Acid-base titration
Section 7 - Entropy, further redox and transition metal chemistry
- Entropy changes
- Electrochemical cells
Section 8 - Kinetics, chirality and carbonyl compounds
- Kinetics 2
- Carbonyl compounds
Section 9 - Carboxylic acids, arenes and amines
- Carboxylic acids and their derivatives
- Arenes - benzene compounds
- Amines, amides, amino acids and proteins
Section 10 - Organic synthesis and modern analytical techniques
- Organic synthesis
- Modern analytical techniques 2
Exams and assessment
- 1 hour 45 minutes, 30% of marks
- 1 hour 45 minutes, 30% of marks
- 2 hours 30 minutes, 40% of marks
- The A level exams are written, with no practical element, but throughout the exam you will be expected to use your understanding of practical theory to answer questions. You will have gained this knowledge through the 19 core practicals within your course.
Non-exam assessment (NEA):
- In addition to the A level, you will have the opportunity to gain a practical skills endorsement to demonstrate practical skills as well as knowledge. This assessment is separately endorsed, will be reported as a separate grade, and will not contribute to the result of the A level qualification. For some university programmes, like medicine, you will need to have the endorsement as well as the A level. Please refer to this page for more detailed information about how to take your practical skills endorsement through NEC.
This course has:
- 1 introductory assignment
- 10 assignments
Set texts and resources
- Edexcel A Level Chemistry Student Book 1, G Curtis, A Hunt and G Hill, Hodder Education 2015
- Edexcel A Level Chemistry Student Book 2, G Curtis, A Hunt and G Hill, Hodder Education 2015
- Maths Skills for A Level Chemistry, D McGowan and E Poole, Nelson Thornes 2013
- Windows 7 or later
- Mac OSX 10.7 or later
- Google Chrome OS
- Android 4.4 or later, using the Chrome browser
- iOS 6 or later, using the Safari browser
- Google Chrome (latest version)
- Mozilla Firefox (latest version)
- Safari 6 or later
- Internet Explorer 10 or later (excluding IE11)
learn@nec may work on other operating systems and browsers with some restrictions. You can see full details of the system requirements by clicking here.
How to enrol
- Click the ‘Enrol now’ button above.
- Telephone us on 0800 389 2839 or +44(0)1223 400200 and speak to our course advice team.
- Ask us to send you an enrolment form which you can complete and return by post.
Paying in instalments
Amount of credit:
Duration of agreement:
Rate of interest:
0% APR representative.
The National Extension College (NEC) is the trading name of the Open School Trust, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (register number 676788). Finance is provided through the Deko platform by a number of lenders. You will be offered the best rate available based on your credit history and the lenders’ credit decision policies.
Deko is a trading name of Pay4Later Ltd who act as a credit intermediary. They are registered in England and Wales (company number 06447333) and authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (register number 728646). For more information please go to www.dekopay.com/faq or visit www.dekopay.com.
Thank you for your interest in this course.
Please fill out your details below, and you will receive an email containing a link to download the course sample.
What our students say...
"The best thing about the course was the instant feedback received from the tutors and the course set-up is really easy to follow. Studying has helped me open my eyes to the world around me. It has also helped me develop lab skills and also given me confidence in my own ability."
— Melanie Chapman