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Chemistry AQA A Level at Littleover Community School

Course description

Qualities Required: 

  • The ability to work as part of a team. 
  • A high level of interest, commitment, and organisation. 
  • Good mathematical skills. 
  • Enthusiasm for practicals. 
  • To work as an individual and apply concepts to problems. 

Course content

Physical chemistry

  • Atomic structure
  • Amount of substance
  • Bonding
  • Energetics
  • Kinetics
  • Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc
  • Oxidation, reduction and redox equations
  • Thermodynamics
  • Rate equations
  • Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems
  • Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells
  • Acids and bases

Inorganic chemistry

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

Organic chemistry

  • Introduction to organic chemistry
  • Alkanes
  • Halogenoalkanes
  • Alkenes
  • Alcohols
  • Organic analysis
  • Optical isomerism
  • Aldehydes and ketones
  • Carboxylic acids and derivatives
  • Aromatic chemistry
  • Amines
  • Polymers
  • Amino acids, proteins and DNA
  • Organic synthesis
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
  • Chromatography


Entry requirements

Littleover Community School Sixth Form specialises in AS and A2 Level Courses - we do not offer any alternative/vocational courses. Regardless of which 'wave' of the ongoing A Level reforms each subject is in, we will expect all students to sit AS examinations at the end of Year 12 and A2 examinations at the end of Year 13.

We therefore expect all students to enrol to study 4 AS Levels in Year 12. Most students will then drop one subject at the end of Year 12 having completed the AS Level qualification, continuing with the other 3 to A2 level.

The minimum entry criteria for Littleover Community School Sixth Form is 5 A*-C/9-5 grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who achieve a grade 4 in Maths or English Language will be considered on an individual basis. However, the vast majority of our students will achieve 8 or more A*-C/9-5 grades with A*-8/9-6 in the subjects they wish to study at A Level. If students plan to study subjects that they have not studied at GCSE level we will expect A*-B/9-6 in subjects that have a similar skills set. 

Specific entry criteria:

GCSE graded As-B in at least 2 GCSE Science subjects either seperate sciences with at least a B in Chemistry or A*A•-BB in Double Science (Additional Applied Science does not provide adequate preparation for A Level Chemistry).


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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 40 marks of questions on practical techniques and data analysis
  • 20 marks of questions testing across the specification
  • 30 marks of multiple choice questions

Future opportunities

This course will develop good communication, analytical, numeracy and observation skills and will act as a firm foundation for careers in:

  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Dentistry
  • Veterinary Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiotherapy/Sports Science
  • Food Technology
  • Technical Marketing/Sales
  • Industrial/Manufacturing Chemistry
  • Chemical Research
  • Teaching

Further information

These qualifications are linear. Linear means that students will sit all the AS exams at the end of their AS course and all the A-level exams at the end of their A-level course.

A-level practical assessment:

Practical work is at the heart of chemistry.

Practical assessments have been divided into those that can be assessed in written exams and those that can only be directly assessed whilst students are carrying out experiments. A-level grades will be based only on marks from written exams.

A separate endorsement of practical skills will be taken alongside the A-level. This will be assessed by teachers and will be based on direct observation of students’ competency in a range of skills that are not assessable in written exams.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Littleover Community School directly.

Last updated date: 24 November 2016

Key information


  • More information
    • Welcome to Littleover Community School Sixth Form and thank you for visiting our website. The Sixth Form was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in both of their most recent inspections when it was part of the highly successful Millennium Centre Post 16 Partnership along with Derby Moor Community Sports College.

      In September 2013 this partnership came to an end to enable Littleover Community School to deliver its own sixth form courses independently. This coincided with the opening of a brand new, purpose built sixth form centre. We have a reputation for academic excellence with students performing considerably higher than national averages year after year.

      Approximately 95% of our students go on to study at university having completed a range of AS and A level subjects. While we are proud of our high academic standards, we also recognise the importance of providing students with an enjoyable and enriching experience throughout their time in the Sixth Form.  We offer a wide range of enrichment sessions in addition to a detailed tutorial programme designed to broaden the experiences of students, develop students as well rounded individuals and prepare them thoroughly for life at university and beyond.

      For more information about the Sixth Form and what we offer please look at our current prospectus.