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Print Posted by Oxford Learning College on 20/06/2017

Accredited Level 3 Diploma in Chemistry £850


Description

This level 3 Diploma in Chemistry is of a similar academic standard and content to an A-level in the subject. The course will be of interest to anyone who already has a basic knowledge and understanding of chemistry commensurate with GCSE level and wishes to develop their subject knowledge. It may also be of interest to students who wish to refresh their knowledge and understanding of chemistry as part of continuing professional development or as part of ongoing higher level planned study.



What you will study?

During your study, you will be provided with an opportunity to explore the basic principles of chemistry which includes atomic structure, modes of chemical bonding and the concept of periodicity. You will also have an opportunity to study the basic principles and concepts of organic chemistry and associated reaction mechanisms.

In addition to these topics, you will have an opportunity to explore aromatic chemistry and relate associated concepts to everyday life and contexts.

The overarching aim of the course is to provide you with an opportunity to study the basic chemistry concepts in a real-world context and therefore be able to understand their relevance and application in the modern world.


The course is divided into 10 units and the main associated content of each unit is outlined below:

 

Unit 1: Foundation Principles in Chemistry Part 1


During this unit you will study the following topics:

  • Historical overview and perspectives
  • Protons, neutrons and electrons
  • Mass, numbers and isotopes
  • Electron arrangement
  • Periodicity
  • Bonding and associated structure

 

Unit 2: Foundation Principles in Chemistry Part 2


During this unit you will study the following topics:

  • Forces acting between molecules
  • Trends and properties
  • Intermolecular forces and physical properties
  • Choosing solvents
  • Sates of matter
  • Shapes of simple molecules and ions
  • Predicting physical properties
  • Oxidation and reduction
  • Oxidation status and redox equations

 

Unit 3: Foundation Principles in Chemistry Part 3


During this unit you will study the following topics:

  • Electrode potentials
  • Electrochemical series
  • Electrochemical cells
  • Redox titrations
  • Trends in physical properties
  • Flame tests: practical procedures
  • Use of chlorine and chlorate
  • Testing for ions
  • The mole and Avogadro’s constant

 

Unit 4: Foundation Principles in Chemistry Part 4


During this unit you will study the following topics:

  • Empirical and molecular formulae
  • Balanced equations and associated calculations
  • Atom economy
  • Uncertainties and measurement errors
  • Displacement reactions
  • Reactions of acids
  • Precipitation reactions
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Infrared spectroscopy
  • Catalysis

 

Unit 5: Energetics


During this unit you will study the following topics:

  • Enthalpy
  • Combustion
  • Calorimetry
  • Hess’s Law
  • Bond dissociation
  • Lattice energy
  • Free-energy and entropy change

 

Unit 6: Kinetics Part 1


During this unit you will study the following topics:

  • Collisions
  • Activation energy
  • Catalysts
  • Simple rate equations
  • Simple rate equations
  • The dynamic nature of equilibria
  • Acids and bases
  • Definition and determination of pH
  • Ionic production of water

 

Unit 7: Kinetics Part 2


During this unit you will study the following topics:

  • Weak acids and bases
  • pH curves, titration and indicator
  • Buffer solutions
  • Enthralpy changes and neutralisation
  • Reaction rates
  • Arrherius equation and activation energies

 

Unit 8: Organic Chemistry


During this unit you will study the following topics:

  • Historical perspectives
  • Nomeclature
  • Isomerism and optimal isomerism
  • Alternative fuels
  • Practical techniques in organics chemistry
  • Additions-eliminations reaction

 

Unit 9: Aromatic Chemistry


During this unit you will study the following topics:

  • Bonding
  • Aromatic stability
  • Amino acids and protein
  • Polypeptide chains and hydrogen bonds
  • Polymers
  • Organic synthesis and analysis

 

Unit 10: Modern Analytical Techniques


During this unit you will study the following topics:

  • Mass spectrometry, radical cation and fragmentation
  • Carbocations
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance
  • Chemical shift
  • Chromatography

Assessments

Each unit has two assessments which are mandatory. The first assessment will be completed following study of unit 5 and the second following study of unit 10. Each of the assessments will be divided into two parts covering relevant units. You will be expected to write a total of 3000 words across the two assessments and comprehensive guidance will be provided associated with each assessment task


The criteria for assessments are:

  • Theoretical Knowledge/Understanding
  • Practical Implications
  • Integration of Theory and Practice

 

You will be expected to meet all criteria in each assessment element in order to successfully achieve a PASS grade.


There are no set textbooks to accompany the course as all supporting sources are accessed via links which are located within the course or through simple internet research. However, if you wish to support your study with a textbook then select one that suits your own learning style and preference and make sure it is commensurate with this level of study. Any current chemistry A level textbook will be more than adequate to support your studies.

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Category: Undergraduate
Type: Level 3 diploma
Mode of Study: Online
Start Date: Throughout the year
End Date: Flexible
Duaration: 1 year
Application Deadline: Throughout the year

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