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Chemistry A Level

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Website

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/chemistry-7404-7405/introduction

 

Units

 

Core content

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, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc

3.1.7 Oxidation, reduction and redox equations

3.1.8 Thermodynamics (A-level only)

3.1.9 Rate equations (A-level only)

3.1.10 Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems (A-level only)

3.1.11 Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells (A-level only)

3.1.12 Acids and bases (A-level only)

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

3.2.4 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 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

3.3.7 Optical isomerism (A-level only)

3.3.8 Aldehydes and ketones (A-level only)

3.3.9 Carboxylic acids and derivatives (A-level only)

3.3.10 Aromatic chemistry (A-level only)

3.3.11 Amines (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)

3.3.15 Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (A-level only)

3.3.16 Chromatography (A-level only)

 

Assessments

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

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

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

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

 

 

Textbook(s)

https://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/subjects/science/products/16-18/aqa-a-level-chemistry-year-1-student-book

https://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/subjects/science/products/16-18/aqa-a-level-chemistry-year-2-student-book

 

 

Sample papers

Paper 1

Paper 2

Paper 3