A Level Chemistry (Reformed 2015)

What is Chemistry?

Chemistry has been aptly defined as that branch of science which is fundamental, molecular and interesting. Chemistry touches every aspect of our everyday lives, and its study encourages analytical, critical and logical thought: all important ingredients in any higher education course.

What sort of student does it suit and what will you get out of the course?

The study of Chemistry continues to be mandatory for students aiming to read Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science. That should not put off other students, since the training it encourages is applicable in a wide area of expertise. Students have gone on to study Law, Pharmacy (and even Chemistry!) at university.

AS Level

MPW approach to AS study

For candidates who decide to stop their study of Chemistry at AS, the approach will be as rigorous as that for students progressing to A2. Laboratory sessions run alongside theory sessions and both are seen as vital in illustrating the specification and to prepare candidates for the practical test.

AS Specification Number
AQA 7404

3.1 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 and Le Chateliers's principle and Kc
3.1.7 Oxidation, reduction and redox questions

3.2 Inorganic chemistry
3.2.1 Periodicity
3.2.2 Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
3.2.3 Group 7(17), the halogens

3.3 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 

Assessment

 

Paper 1

  • Physical chemistry topics (sections 3.1.1 to 3.1.4, 3.1.6 and 3.1.7) Inorganic chemistry topics (Section 3.2.1 to 3.2.3).
  • Relevant practical skills
  • Written exam: 50% of the AS 1 hour 30 minutes 80 marks
  • 65 marks of short and long answer questions
  • 15 marks of mulptiple choice questions

 Paper 2

  • Physical chemistry topics (sections 3.1.2 to 3.1.6).
  • Organic chemistry (Section 3.3.1 to 3.3.6). Relevant practical skills
  • Written exam:50% of the AS 1 hour 30 minutes 80 marks
  • 65 marks of short and long answer questions
  • 15 marks of multiple choice questions

Reading list

AuthorTitlePublisher
Alyn McFarland, Teresa Quigg and Nora Henry AQA A-level Chemistry Year 1 Student Book Hodder Education

A Level

MPW approach to A level study

The same combination of theory and practical allows thorough coverage of the specification.

A level Specification Number
AQA 7405 

 

3.1 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

3.2 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

3.3 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

Assessment

Paper 1

  • 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
  • Written exam: 35% of A-level 2 hours 105 marks
  • 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
  • Written exam:35% of A-level 2 hours 105 marks
  • 105 marks of short and long answer questions

Paper 3

  • Any content.  Any practical skills
  • Written exam: 30% of A-level 2 hours 90 marks
  • 40 marks of questions on practical techniques and data analysis
  • 20 marks of questions testing across the specification
  • 30 marks of multiple choice questions

Reading list

AuthorTitlePublisher
Alyn McFarland, Teresa Quigg and Nora Henry AQA A-level Chemistry Year 1 Student Book Hodder Education