A-Level Chemistry

A-Level Chemistry

Units/modules studied by term

Year 1

Autumn:
3.1.1 Atomic structure
3.1.2 Amount of substance
3.1.3 Bonding
3.3.1 Introduction to organic chemistry
3.3.2 Alkanes
3.3.3 Halogenoalkanes
3.3.4 Alkenes
Spring:
3.1.7 Oxidation, reduction and redox equations
3.2.1 Periodicity
3.2.2 Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
3.1.4 Energetics
3.1.5 Kinetics
Summer:
3.1.6 Chemical equilibria, Le Chatielier’s principle and Kc
3.3.5 Alcohols
3.3.6 Organic analysis

Year 2

Autumn:
3.1.8 Thermodynamics (A-level only)
3.1.9 Rate equations (A-level only)
3.3.8 Aldehydes and ketones (A-level only)
3.3.7 Optical isomerism (A-level only)
3.3.9 Carboxylic acids and derivatives (A-level only)
3.1.10 Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems (A-level only)
Spring:
3.1.12 Acids and bases (A-level only)
3.3.10 Aromatic chemistry (A-level only
3.3.12 Polymers (A-level only)
3.3.13 Amino acids, proteins and DNA (A-level only)
3.3.14 Organic synthesis (A-level only)
3.1.11 Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells (A-level only)
Summer:
3.2.4 Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides (A-level only)
3.2.5 Transition metals (A-level only)
3.2.6 Reactions of ions in aqueous solution (A-level only)
3.3.15 Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (A-level only)
3.3.16 Chromatography (A-level only)

Educational Visits undertaken with this course:

Educational Visits – Universities, Museums

Course Details

Course/awarding title: AQA
Specification Code: 7404, 7405
Qualification Accreditation: 601/5730/6; 601/5731/8
Length of course: 2 Years
Guided learning hours: 360 GLH

Assessment

Outcome grades: E to A* (PASS), U (FAIL)
Entry requirements: Grade 6 in Chemistry, 7-7 for Combined Science, Grade 6 in Maths
External examination:

Paper 1 – Physical & Inorganic

Relevant Physical chemistry topics (sections 3.1.1 to 3.1.4, 3.1.6 to 3.1.8 and 3.1.10 to 3.1.12)
• Inorganic chemistry (Section 3.2)
• Relevant practical skills
How it’s assessed
• written exam: 2 hours
• 105 marks
• 35% of A-level

Paper 2 – Physical & Organic

Relevant Physical chemistry topics (sections 3.1.2 to 3.1.6 and 3.1.9)
• Organic chemistry (Section 3.3)
• Relevant practical skills
How it’s assessed
• written exam: 2 hours
• 105 marks
• 35% of A-level

Paper 3 – Synoptic

• Any content
• Any practical skills
How it’s assessed
• written exam: 2 hours
• 90 marks
• 30% of A-level

Coursework: 12 Required Practicals
Coursework Deadlines: Required Practicals completed before May

Assessments: Assessment after every topic, Yr 12 Mocks (May), Yr 13 Mock (Jan), Y13 (End of course)