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.
1. Physical Chemistry: Atomic structure, quantitative chemistry, chemical bonding,
thermodynamics, equilibria, acid and bases, redox, electrochemistry, rate of reaction.
2. Inorganic Chemistry: Periodicity, transition metal and aqueous ions, redox, alkali earth metals
3. Organic Chemistry: Functional group chemistry, isomerism, oxidation and reduction of
organic compounds, polymers, amino acids, spectroscopy and analytical chemistry, organic
Quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis (titrations and formulae), reacting masses,
precipitations, thermodynamics, rate of reaction, equilibrium, electrochemical cells, organic
synthesis methods, chromatography, etc.
What qualifications do I need?
We would usually recommend students have a Grade 6 or above in GCSE Combined or a 6 or
above in two of the GCSE separate sciences (Biology, Chemistry or Physics).
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 undertake the specified practical investigations
throughout the course and these will be examined at the end of Year 13.
Paper 1 (2 hours 35% ) – Physical and Inorganic Chemistry (short and long answer written)
Paper 2 (2 hours 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)
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 and explains things 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. It is also essential for
university degree courses in Biology, Physiotherapy, Chemical Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry,
Veterinary Science, and Biochemistry, as well as being a highly 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