What does the course involve?
The AQA Chemistry A level specification has been tailored to follow on from GCSE Additional Science or GCSE Chemistry. It further develops a candidate's knowledge and understanding of the subject and provides a pathway for further study at University.
At AS Level - there are 3 units:
1. Foundation Chemistry (written examination) - Explores the fundamental principles that for the basis of Chemistry.
2. Chemistry in Action (written examination) - Introduces more of the principles that underpin chemistry and looks at the applications of these principle and those that have been developed in unit 1.
3.Investigative and Practical Skills (Centre Assessed) - The practical and investigative skills are centre assessed through an Investigative Skills Assignment (EMPA) and ongoing Practical Skills Assessment (PSA)
At A2 Level - there are 3 units:
4. Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry (Written examination) - Develops the concepts of Physical Chemistry started at AS and introduces more functional groups in Organic Chemistry.
5. Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry (Written examination) - Develops more of the concepts of Physical Chemistry started at AS and provides a detailed study of Transition Metal Complexes and Aqueous Chemistry.
6. Externally Marked Practical Assessment (EMPA) and ongoing Practical Skills Assessment (PSA)
The course is divided into the six modules stated above. Modules 1, 2, 4 and 5 are tested by external examination. Modules 3 and 6 are internal;ly assessed, skills based modules. At the end of Year 12, successful students can be awarded an AS level certificate. Students may then choose to continue the course in Year 13, at the end of which they will be awarded their full A level certificate.
This is a demanding but rewarding course for those well motivated, self disciplined students who have an interest in Chemistry and how Chemistry is both used in and explains thing in the world around us. You will gain a great deal of satisfaction when carrying out experiments to confirm theoretical answers.
Chemistry is a highly rewarding degree level course and many of our students continue on to study it at the UK’s top Universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, and it is also essential for university degree courses in Biology, Physiotherapy, Chemical Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, and Biochemistry. It is also a well considered A-Level for many other degree courses such as Law and Accountancy.