Chemistry A Level AQA New Specification

Length of course: 5 full-day sessions
Boards: AQA 7405 only

This course is board-specific for the NEW AQA specification (7405).

This course is for A level students only.

This course is not suitable for AS level students studying Chemistry AS AQA New Specification
(7404).

This course is not suitable for students re-sitting units from the outgoing Chemistry A2 AQA (2421) specification.

Links between topics will be stressed throughout and exam techniques will include how best to
approach key mathematical skills questions.

The following topics will be covered:

Physical chemistry

• Atomic structure
• Amount of substance
• Bonding
• Energetics
• Kinetics
• Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc
• Oxidation, reduction and redox equations
• Thermodynamics
• Rate equations
• Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems
• Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells
• Acids and bases

Inorganic chemistry

• Periodicity
• Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
• Group 7(17), the halogens
• Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides
• Transition metals
• Reactions of ions in aqueous solution

Organic chemistry

• Introduction to organic chemistry
• Alkanes, Halogenoalkanes
• Alkenes, Alcohols
• Organic analysis
• Optical isomerism
• Aldehydes and ketones
• Carboxylic acids and derivatives
• Aromatic chemistry
• Amines
• Polymers
• Amino acids, proteins and DNA
• Organic synthesis
• Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
• Chromatography

Where appropriate, help will also be provided for practical skills assessed in a written examination.