Edexcel

International Advanced Level

Chemistry

About This Course

​This course will give you the skills and understanding to make decisions about the way chemistry affects your everyday life by applying concepts into contemporary areas of chemistry including:

​In addition, an IAL in Chemistry allows you to develop a range of generic skills requested by both employers and universities. For instance, a successful IAL chemist will be an effective problem-solver and be able to communicate efficiently both orally and with the written word. Handling data will be a key part of your work, allowing you to demonstrate information retrieval skills as well as use of numeracy and ICT. You will build up a range of practical skills that require creativity and accuracy as well as developing a firm understanding of health and safety issues. As chemistry is a subject in which much learning stems from experimental work it is likely that you will need to work effectively as part of a group, developing team participation and leadership skills. As you become more skilled you will take responsibility for selecting appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods, recording your observations and findings accurately and precisely as well as critically analysing and evaluating the methodology, results and impact of your own and others’ experimental and investigative activities.

What You Will Learn

This unit provides opportunities for you to develop the basic chemical skills of formulae writing, equation writing and calculating chemical quantities. You will also learn to define, measure and calculate enthalpy changes, and see how a study of enthalpy changes can help chemists to understand chemical bonding. The study of atomic structure introduces s, p and d orbitals and shows how a more detailed understanding of electron configurations can account for the arrangement of elements in the periodic table. Furthermore, you will also learn the three types of strong chemical bonding (ionic, covalent and metallic). Organic chemistry is also introduced with you studying alkanes and alkenes.

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This unit develops the treatment of chemical bonding by introducing intermediate types of bonding and by exploring the nature and effects of intermolecular forces. Study of the periodic table is extended to cover the chemistry of groups 2 and 7. Ideas about redox reactions are applied, in particular, to the reactions of halogens and their compounds. The unit develops a largely qualitative understanding of the ways in which chemists can control the rate, direction and extent of chemical change. Organic chemistry in this unit covers alcohols and alogenoalkanes. The treatment is extended to explore the mechanisms of selected examples. You will have to use formulae and balance equations and have an understanding of chemical quantities. Aspects of green chemistry and climate change are also studied.

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This unit covers the areas of physical, organic and inorganic chemistry and the following types of practicals: qualitative observations, quantitative measurements, preparations.

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In this unit, students make a quantitative study of chemical kinetics and take further their study of organic reaction mechanisms. The topics of entropy and equilibria show how chemists are able to predict quantitatively the direction and extent of chemical change. The organic chemistry in this unit covers carbonyl compounds, plus carboxylic acids and their derivatives. You are required to apply their knowledge gained in Units 1 and 2 to all aspects of this unit. This includes nomenclature, ideas of isomerism, bond polarity and bond enthalpy, reagents and reaction conditions, reaction types and mechanisms. You are also expected to use formulae and balance equations and calculate chemical quantities.

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In this unit the study of electrode potentials builds on the study of redox in Unit 2, including the concept of oxidation number and the use of redox half equations. You will study further chemistry related to redox and transition metals. The further organic chemistry section of this unit focuses on arenes and organic nitrogen compounds such as amines, amides, amino acids and proteins. You are expected to use the knowledge and understanding of organic chemistry that they have gained over the whole International Advanced Level (IAL) in Chemistry when covering the organic synthesis section. This unit draws on all other units within the IAL in Chemistry and you are expected to use their prior knowledge when learning about these areas. You will again encounter ideas of isomerism, bond polarity and bond enthalpy, reagents and reaction conditions, reaction types and mechanisms. You are also expected to use formulae and balance equations and calculate chemical quantities.

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This unit covers the areas of physical, organic and inorganic chemistry and the following types of practicals: qualitative observations, quantitative measurements, preparations.

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Why Take This Course

This is the right course for you, if you:

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Prerequisites and Requirements

​The qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and process skills that you achieved in GCSE Science, Additional Science, Chemistry, their equivalent in International GCSE, or applied science courses such as the BTEC First Certificate in Applied Science. It is expected that you should have at least the equivalent of a GCSE/International GCSE grade C in Chemistry or Additional Science, and a GCSE/ International GCSE grade C in Mathematics. In chemistry you will need to be able to communicate effectively, be able to carry out research, work independently and critically think about problems. Good practical skills are also important as chemistry is a very practical subject.

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"Chemistry is the study of the effects of heat and mixture, with a view of discovering their general and subordinate laws, and of improving the useful arts."

- Joseph Black, discoverer of Magnesium and Carbon Dioxide

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