JamesBiology, Chemistry, Mathematics
"The teachers really encouraged me and helped me to get 3 A's and win a place at King's College London."
What board do we do? Edexcel; 9CH01
What is Chemistry?
Imagine a world without anaesthetics, fuels, bleaches, detergents, dyes for fabrics, clothes made from nylon and terylene, anti-oxidants in jams and fruit squashes, PVC insulation for electrical wiring, polystyrene packaging..... All this is unthinkable and undesirable in equal measure. At David Game College, our approach to the teaching of Chemistry is to present it is a dynamic, exciting and intellectually stimulating subject, whilst at all times paying full attention to the demands of the relevant examination specifications. Attention to detail and academic rigour have become by-words for these courses. Our Chemistry team make the maximum possible use of past examination paper questions as the basis for worked examples, regular written homework assignments and, most important of all, timed tests which are staged every two to three weeks. In addition, full scale trial examinations are set at the appropriate times of the academic year.
Which subjects combine well with Chemistry?
The mental discipline and logical mind required to be successful in the subject make the study of it useful for many careers in addition to the obvious Science related ones (Biology, Physics). Law and Economics also are great examples.
What careers and University courses can Chemistry lead to?
Students study Chemistry to Advanced Level at David Game College in order to gain entry to careers in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and many other fields not involving Chemistry directly but in which students benefit from having been exposed to the intellectual discipline and logic of the subject.
Unit 1 (6CH01) Written AS paper (1 hour 30 minutes, 20% of the total A level marks) covering atomic structure, mole calculations, redox, thermochemistry, hydrocarbons, isomerism.
Unit 2 (6CH02) Written AS paper (1 hour 30 minutes, 20% of the total A level marks) covering Groups 2 and 7, qualitative kinetics and equilibria, organic reaction mechanisms, halogenolakanes and alcohols, green chemistry, molecular shapes, mass spectrometry and infra-red spectroscopy.
Unit 3 (6CH03) Teacher assessed AS practical coursework (10% of the total A level marks).
Unit 4 (6CH04) Written A2 paper (1 hour 40 minutes, 20% of the total A level marks) covering quantitative kinetics and equilibria, entropy, acid-base equilibria and pH, NMR spectroscopy, carbonyl compounds, carboxylic acids and derivatives, chirality, further organic mechanisms.
Unit 5 (6CH05) Written A2 paper (1 hour 40 minutes, 20% of the total A level marks) covering standard electrode potentials, fuel cells, d-block elements, benzene and derivatives, organic nitrogen chemistry, organic synthesis.
Unit 6 (6CH06) Teacher assessed A2 practical coursework (10% of the total A level marks).
Book List AS & Intensive
*Edexcel Chemistry for AS: Graham Hill & Andrew Hunt
(Nelson: ISBN 978-0340949085)
*Edexcel Chemistry for A2: Graham Hill & Andrew Hunt
(Nelson: ISBN 978-0340959305)
Chemistry in Context: Graham Hill & John Holman
(Nelson: ISBN 978-0174482760)