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AS and A Level Chemistry at Wetherby High School

Course description

The AS and A level courses build on ideas from GCSE. The key concepts are looked at in much more depth including organic chemistry, trends in the Periodic Table, energy change calculations and mole calculations. A level chemistry includes more complex ideas and calculations around pH and analytical chemistry as well as further work on organic and the chemistry of transition metals. 

Course content

AS Unit Overview

Content is split into four teaching modules:

•• Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry

•• Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry

•• Module 3 – Periodic table and energy

•• Module 4 – Core organic chemistry

 

A2 Unit Overview

Content is split into six teaching modules:

•• Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry

•• Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry

•• Module 3 – Periodic table and energy

•• Module 4 – Core organic chemistry

•• Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements

•• Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis

Assessment

Assessment Overview - AS

7404 – AQA - AS Level Chemistry

The AS course is entirely assessed through 2 terminal exams at the end of the Year 12 course. These are 1hr30min in length. The first paper covers Inorganic and aspects of Physical Chemistry and the second is based on Organic Chemistry with aspects of Physical Chemistry. These are a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and slightly longer explain answers or more complex calculations.

There is also compulsory practical work that is assessed for a practical certificate, which is a stand-alone certificate awarded at the end of the A Level course assuming all practical work is carried out to a set standard. Questions based around these practical’s also appear on the written papers.

 

Assessment Overview – A2

7405 – AQA – A Level Chemistry

The A level course is 100% assessed through examinations at the end of the course. There are 3 of these covering the entire content from the 2 years in sixth form. The exams are, as in Year 12, a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and explain questions as well as calculations, practical based questions and interpretation of results and data. Paper 1 - Inorganic and Physical Chemistry (2 hours), Paper 2 - Organic and Physical Chemistry (2 hours) and Paper 3 – Unified Chemistry (2 hours).

The separate practical certificate is awarded if all the compulsory practical skills have been evidenced through the series of formal practical experiments carried out across the course.

 

How to apply

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Last updated date: 09 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: AS 1 year and A Level 2 years
  • Course code: AQA 7404

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