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Chemistry

AQA A Level Chemistry

Course Overview

Autumn and Spring terms:

  • Module 4 - Physical Chemistry Thermodynamics, Rate equations, Equilibrium constant Kc for homogeneous systems Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells, Acids and bases
  • Module 5 - Inorganic Chemistry Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides, Transition metals, Reactions of ions in aqueous solution
  • Module 6 - Organic Chemistry Optical isomerism, Aldehydes and ketones Carboxylic acids and derivatives, Aromatic chemistry, Amines, Polymers, Amino acids, proteins and DNA Organic synthesis, Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

Summer term:

Final preparation for exams including concise scientific writing and exam technique.

Practical work:

 

Practical work is assessed and carried out over the year in six additional required practical activities. This totals to 12 assessed practical activities over the two years. These contribute to a pass/fail practical endorsement and do not affect the final letter grade.

Assessment:

Half termly testing on recent and previous work.

 

Pre-public exam in exam conditions and final A level examination, following this format:

Paper 1 – 35%

  • Any content from modules 1 to 4 plus practical skills
  • 91 marks – 2 hours
  • 76 marks short and long answer questions and 15 marks: extended response questions

Paper 2 – 35%

  • Any content from modules 5 to 8 plus practical skills
  • 91 marks – 2hours
  • 76 marks short and long answer questions and 15 marks: comprehension question

Paper 3 – 30%

  • Any content from modules 5 to 8 plus practical skills
  • 78 marks – 2hours
  • 38 marks: structured questions, including practical techniques15 marks: critical analysis of given experimental data25 marks: one essay from a choice of two titles

Useful Information

Resources 

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/chemistry-7404-7405

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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