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AQA A Level Chemistry

Course Overview

Autumn and Spring terms:

  • Module 1 – Physical chemistry: Atomic structure, Amount of substance, Bonding, Energetics, Kinetics, Chemical, equilibria and Le Chatelier’s principle, Oxidation, reduction and redox equations
  • Module 2 – Inorganic chemistry: Periodicity, Group 2 the alkaline earth metals, Group 7(17) the halogens
  • Module 3 – Organic chemistry: Introduction to organic chemistry, Alkanes, Halogenoalkanes, Alkenes, Alcohols, Organic analysis

Summer term:

  • Completion of practical activities for Year 12
  • Preparation in use of Scientific language and exam technique
  • Commencement of Year 13 work in June, after the end of year assessment


Practical work:

Practical work is assessed and carried out over the year in six required practical activities. These contribute to a pass/fail practical endorsement and do not affect the final letter grade.


Half termly testing on recent and previous work.

Pre-public exam and end of year exam in exam conditions, following this format:

Paper 1 (50%)

  • Relevant physical chemistry topics and Inorganic chemistry plus relevant practical skills
  • 0 marks – 1 hour 30 mins
  • 15 marks are multiple choice and 65 marks are short and long answer questions

Paper 2 (50%)

  • Relevant physical chemistry topics and organic chemistry plus relevant practical skills
  • 80 marks – 1 hour 30 mins
  • 15 marks are multiple choice and 65 marks are short and long answer questions

Useful Information



This qualification is linear; students will sit all their exams at the end of their A-level course.

Entry requirements:

Grade 6 in Biology or Grade 6,6 in Combined Science.

Grade 6 in Mathematics

Grade 5 in English

Further opportunities

Progression to University or modern apprenticeship

Chemistry can open pathways to many careers either through a university or modern apprenticeship route. Examples of subjects where Chemistry is desirable are: Chemistry, Teaching, Chemical Engineer, Pharmacy, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary, Biochemistry, Forensics.

Other employment opportunities

Many employers are looking for a science A level as an indication of analytical skills, so some Chemistry students choose careers in, for example, economics; business; the Civil Service; management and marketing.


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