Chemistry

Examination Board: AQA

Entry Requirements: Minimum Grade 6 GCSE in Maths and Science Double Award at 66 or GCSE Triple Award at 6 (in physics)

Course Leader:   Mrs C Lowe

Units of work covered – Year 12

Physical chemistry

3.1.1 Atomic structure

3.1.2 Amount of substance

3.1.3 Bonding

3.1.4 Energetics

3.1.5 Kinetics

3.1.6 Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc

3.1.7 Oxidation, reduction and redox equations

Inorganic chemistry

3.2.1 Periodicity

3.2.2 Group 2, the alkaline earth metals

3.2.3 Group 7(17), the halogens

Organic chemistry

3.3.1 Introduction to organic chemistry

3.3.2 Alkanes

3.3.3 Halogenoalkanes

3.3.4 Alkenes

3.3.5 Alcohols

3.3.6 Organic analysis

Students who are not continuing on to the A level can sit exams at the end of year 12 for the AS in Chemistry.

Units of Work Covered – Year 13

Physical Chemistry

3.1.8 Thermodynamics

3.1.9 Rate equations

3.1.10 Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems

3.1.11 Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells

3.1.12 Acids and bases

Inorganic chemistry

3.2.4 Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides

3.2.5 Transition metals

3.2.6 Reactions of ions in aqueous solution

Organic chemistry

3.3.7 Optical isomerism

3.3.8 Aldehydes and ketones

3.3.9 Carboxylic acids and derivatives

3.3.10 Aromatic chemistry

3.3.11 Amines

3.3.12 Polymers

3.3.13 Amino acids, proteins and DNA

3.3.14 Organic synthesis

3.3.15 Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

3.3.16 Chromatography

Assessments Year 12

Paper 1

  • Relevant Physical chemistry topics (sections 3.1.1 to 3.1.4, 3.1.6 to 3.1.8 and 3.1.10 to 3.1.127)
  • Inorganic chemistry (Section 3.2)
  • Relevant practical skills

How is it assessed?

  • written exam; 2hours
  • 105 marks
  • 35% of the A-Level
  • Questions
  • 105 marks of short and long answer questions

Paper 2 –

  • 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 is it assessed?

  • written exam; 2hours
  • 105 marks
  • 35% of the A-Level
  • Questions
  • 105 marks of short and long answer questions

Paper 3 –

  • Any content
  • Any practical skills

How is it assessed?

  • written exam; 2hours
  • 90 marks
  • 30% of the A-Level
  • Questions
  • 40 of questions on practical techniques and data analysis
  • 20 marks of questions testing across the specification
  • 30 marks of multiple choice questions

 

Units of work covered – Year 13

Physical Chemistry

3.1.8 Thermodynamics

3.1.9 Rate equations

3.1.10 Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems

3.1.11 Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells

3.1.12 Acids and bases

Inorganic chemistry

3.2.4 Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides

3.2.5 Transition metals

3.2.6 Reactions of ions in aqueous solution

Organic chemistry

3.3.7 Optical isomerism

3.3.8 Aldehydes and ketones

3.3.9 Carboxylic acids and derivatives

3.3.10 Aromatic chemistry

3.3.11 Amines

3.3.12 Polymers

3.3.13 Amino acids, proteins and DNA

3.3.14 Organic synthesis

3.3.15 Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

3.3.16 Chromatography

Assessments – Year 13

Paper 1

  • Relevant Physical chemistry topics (sections 3.1.1 to 3.1.4, 3.1.6 to 3.1.8 and 3.1.10 to 3.1.127)
  • Inorganic chemistry (Section 3.2)
  • Relevant practical skills

How is it assessed?

  • written exam; 2hours
  • 105 marks
  • 35% of the A-Level
  • Questions
  • 105 marks of short and long answer questions

Paper 2 –

  • 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 is it assessed?

  • written exam; 2hours
  • 105 marks
  • 35% of the A-Level
  • Questions
  • 105 marks of short and long answer questions

Paper 3 –

  • Any content
  • Any practical skills

How is it assessed?

  • written exam; 2hours
  • 90 marks
  • 30% of the A-Level
  • Questions
  • 40 of questions on practical techniques and data analysis
  • 20 marks of questions testing across the specification
  • 30 marks of multiple choice questions

 

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