Chemistry

Chemistry

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.

Subject Content:

  1. Physical Chemistry

Atomic structure, quantitative chemistry, chemical bonding, thermodynamics, equilibria, acid and bases, redox, electrochemistry, rate of reaction.

  1. Inorganic Chemistry

Periodicity ,transition metal and aqueous ions, redox, alkali earth metals and halogens.

  1. Organic Chemistry

Functional group chemistry, isomerism, oxidation and reduction of organic compounds, polymers, amino acids, spectroscopy and analytical chemistry, organic synthesis.

Practical work?

Quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis (titrations and formulae), reacting masses, precipitations, thermodynamics, rate of reaction, equilibrium, electrochemical cells, organic synthesis methods, chromatography, etc.

ASSESSMENT

The course is divided into the 3 modules stated above. Modules 1, 2, 3 are tested by external examination at the end of Year 13. Students will under take the specified practical investigations throughout the course and these skill will examined at the end of Year 13.

Paper 1 (2hours 35% ) – Physical and Inorganic Chemistry (short and long answer written)

Paper 2 (2hours 35%) – Physical and Organic Chemistry (short and long answer written)

Paper 3 (2 hours 30%) – Practical techniques (data analysis, practical techniques, synoptic, (multiple choice, short and long answer written)

GENERAL COMMENTS

This is a demanding but rewarding course for those well-motivated and self-disciplined students who have an interest in Chemistry and how Chemistry is both used in, and explains things in, the world around us. You will gain a great deal of satisfaction when carrying out experiments to confirm theoretical answers.

FUTURE PROSPECTS

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 Engineering, Law and Accountancy.

Specification – http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/specifications/AQA-7404-SP-2015.PDF