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Chemistry A2 at Batley Girls' High School - Visual Arts College

Course description

AQA Chemistry A2

Unit 4 - Kinetics Equilibria & Organic Chemistry (20% A Level)

Unit 5 - Energetics, Redox & Inorganic Chemistry (20% A Level)

Unit 6 - Practical Assessment (10% A Level)

Course content

AS Units 1-3 

A2 Chemistry extends the content from AS level and applies it in a more quantitative way.  A summary of the content is outlined below.

Unit 4 - CHEM4 Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry

This unit develops the concepts of physical chemistry introduced at AS.  Kinetics and equilibria are both treated quantitatively.  Acids, basis and buffer solutions and the changes in pH during tritrations are considered.  The study of organic chemistry is extended to include compounds containing the carbonyl group, aromatic compounds, amines, amino acids and polymers.  The final section examines the way in which spectroscopic techniques are used to determine the molecular fomulae and structures of organic compounds.  The emphasis is on problem solving rather than on spectroscopic theory.

Unit 5 - CHEM5 Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry

This unit builds upon the unit 4 content and this can be examined in the unit 5 exam.  It develops more complex thermochemistry, redoc equilibria and periodocity.  The chemistry of inorganic ion complexes, transition metals - their reactions and uses in catalysis are studied.

As in AS Chemistry the practical and investigative skills are assessed through two methods, Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA) and Practical Skills Assessment (PSA).

These are developed throughout lessons, supported by teachers, and complement the Chemistry content being studied.



Entry requirements

Minimum Grade D in AS Chemistry


The AS Chemistry content contributes 50% of the overall A level qualification.  In addition the A2 units are assessed using two examinations CHEM4 (20%) and CHEM5 (20%), and the final 10% of the course is made up of unit 6 CHEM6 skills assessment.

Future opportunities

A Level Chemistry is essential if you wish to study the following at university:

Chemistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy, Forensic Science, Biochemistry.


It is an advantage if you wish to study the following at university:

Physiotherapy, Sports science, Biology/Physics/Engineering, Law or Geography

Further information


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 104 Weeks
  • Course code: 2421
  • Number of planned places: 15