The A-level Chemistry Practical Endorsement course at BioGrad Education comprises a minimum of 12 experiments, carefully chosen to enable students to demonstrate their competency in each of the Common Practical Assessment Criteria (CPAC). Key to Chemistry is the ability to identify unknown compounds, and several experiments are focused towards the characterisation of organic and inorganic compounds. The preparations of organic solids and liquids involve the use of reflux and distillation apparatus, recrystallisation and aqueous work up purification steps, followed by analysis using thin layer chromatography. Standard titration and gas collection techniques are the foundation of determining unknown concentrations and relative formula masses, whilst the rates investigations give ample opportunity for students to process and display data using ICT. The determination of the composition of an alloy showcases the devastating effect of concentrated acids on metals, whilst at the same time treating the observer to a spectacularly colourful display!
The course is as much a learning experience as an assessment. The aim is for the student to improve their general approach and practical skills over the course of the week and to provide a tangible framework upon which preparations for A-level can be firmly secured.
Practical 1 – Determination of the relative atomic mass of magnesium.
Practical 2 – Determination of concentration of hydrochloric acid.
Practical 3 – Determination of an enthalpy change of reaction by Hess’ Law.
Practical 4 – Identifying unknowns.
Practical 5 – Preparation of an ester.
Practical 6 – Preparation of benzoic acid.
Practical 7 – Identifying organic unknowns.
Practical 8 – Electrochemical cells.
Practical 9 – Rate of decomposition of hydrogen peroxide.
Practical 10 – Rates – Iodine Clock.
Practical 11 – pH – titration curves.
Practical 12 – The iodometric determination of copper in brass.
The cost of this course varies depending on location and subject. From £899
You can reserve your place on this course with a deposit of just £224.75 if you are booking more than 28 days in advance. The remaining balance is due four weeks prior to the course start date
You can also choose to pay for this course in 6 instalments if you are booking more than 26 weeks in advance, or 12 instalments if you are booking more than 54 weeks in advance
Science Park, Liverpool, L3 5TF
Oxford International College, Oxford, OX4 1BD
Dulwich College, Dulwich Common, London, SE21 7LD
Life Science Centre International Centre for Life Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4EP
arc exams, The Bordesley Centre, Stratford Road, Birmingham, B11 1AR
The Eden Project, Bodelva, Par, Cornwall, PL24 2SG
This course lasts for 5 days
9am - 4pm