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Chemistry A Level at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr

Course description

The Chemistry GCE AS/A2 syllabus is intended to motivate pupils to: develop knowledge and necessary understanding of chemical concepts and the skills needed in order that these may be used in new situations; develop an understanding of the link between theory and experimentation; be aware of the developments in information technology and apparatus that can be used in chemistry; appreciate the contribution of chemistry to the community and responsible ways of using scientific knowledge and evidence; foster and develop their enjoyment of chemistry, and their interest in the subject.

Course content

Advanced Subsidiary (AS)

UNIT 1: THE LANGUAGE OF CHEMISTRY, STRUCTURE OF MATTER AND SIMPLE REACTIONS

Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 20% of qualification

This unit covers the following areas of study:
1.1 Formulae and equations
1.2 Basic ideas about atoms
1.3 Chemical calculations
1.4 Bonding
1.5 Solid structures
1.6 The Periodic Table
1.7 Simple equilibria and acid-base reactions

UNIT 2: ENERGY, RATE AND CHEMISTRY OF CARBON COMPOUNDS
Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes 20% of qualification

This unit covers the following areas of study:
2.1 Thermochemistry
2.2 Rates of reaction
2.3 The wider impact of chemistry
2.4 Organic compounds
2.5 Hydrocarbons
2.6 Halogenoalkanes
2.7 Alcohols and carboxylic acids
2.8 Instrumental analysis

Advanced Level (A2)

UNIT 3: PHYSICAL AND INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes 25% of qualification
This unit covers the following areas of study:
3.1 Redox and standard electrode potential
3.2 Redox reactions
3.3 Chemistry of the p-block
3.4 Chemistry of the d-block transition metals
3.5 Chemical kinetics
3.6 Enthalpy changes for solids and solutions
3.7 Entropy and feasibility of reactions
3.8 Equilibrium constants
3.9 Acid-base equilibria

UNIT 4: ORGANIC CHEMISTRY AND ANALYSIS

Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes 25% of qualification
This unit covers the following areas of study:
4.1 Stereoisomerism
4.2 Aromaticity
4.3 Alcohols and phenols
4.4 Aldehydes and ketones
4.5 Carboxylic acids and their derivatives
4.6 Amines
4.7 Amino acids, peptides and proteins
4.8 Organic synthesis and analysis

UNIT 5: PRACTICAL WORK

How to apply

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Last updated date: 14 September 2015

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