A-Level Chemistry

AQA Exam Board

Chemistry is the key science essential to enter many well-paid professions such as Medicines, Veterinary and Pharmacy. It opens the door to studying Biochemistry and Chemical engineering at university as well as forensic and material science. Chemistry is valued by many of the top universities and encompasses many of the key skills valued by employers such as numeracy skills, literacy and practical scientific skills. Chemistry is a popular choice to complement other subjects we offer at Scarborough UTC. 

  • Course Units

    Units 3.1-3.1.7, 3.2-3.2.3 and 3.3-3.3.6 are taught in year 12 and can be used towards the AS Chemistry course.  The rest of the units are taught in year 13.  Each unit will have a discrete end of unit test, plus an end of year 12 exam scheme, which will be marked in college by your teacher.  These results will enable you and your teacher to assess where you are and what you need to do to improve throughout the course.  External assessment by the examination board will take place at the end of year 13.  As part of your assessment, your ability to conduct scientific investigations will be examined by your teacher throughout the course. CPAC lab books are kep as a record of this. 

    Course Units 

    3.1 Physical Chemistry including 

    Atomic structure, Amount of substance, Bonding, Energetics, Kinetics, Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc, reduction and redox equations, Thermodynamics (A-level only), Rate equations (A-level only), Equilibrium constant K p for homogeneous systems (A-level only), Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells (A-level only) Acids and bases (A-level only). 

    3.2 Inorganic Chemistry including 

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

    3.3 Organic chemistry including: Alkanes, Halogenoalkanes  Alkenes, Alcohols, Organic analysis, Optical isomerism (A-level only), Aldehydes and ketones (A-level only), Carboxylic acids and derivatives (A-level only), Aromatic chemistry (A-level only), Amines (A-level only), Polymers (A-level only), Amino acids, proteins and DNA (A-level only), Organic synthesis (A-level only), Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (A-level only), Chromatography (A-level only). 

  • Modules
    Assessment method 

    Paper 1 

    What’s assessed 

    • 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 

    Questions 

    105 marks of short and long answer questions. 

    Paper 2 

    What’s assessed 

    • 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 

    Questions 

    105 marks of short and long answer questions. 

    Paper 3 

    What’s assessed 

    • Any content 
    • Any practical skills 

    How it’s assessed 

    • Written exam: 2 hours 
    • 90 marks 
    • 30% of A-level 

    Questions 

    40 marks of questions on practical techniques and data analysis 

    20 marks of questions testing across the specification 

    30 marks of multiple choice questions 

  • Entry Criteria

    Grade 6 in Chemistry or Double Science at GCSE

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