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AS/A2 LEVEL CHEMISTRY at Plantsbrook School

Course description

AQA Advanced GCE in Chemistry

Course content

 

 

The AS specification has 3 units:

 

Unit 1:Foundation Chemistry

  • Atomic Structure
  • Amount of Substance
  • Bonding
  • Periodicity
  • Introduction to Organic Chemistry

 

Unit 2:Chemistry in Action

  • Energetics
  • Kinetics
  • Equilibria
  • Redox Reactions
  • Halogens/Alkaline – Earthmetals
  • Indepth study of Organics
  • Analytical Techniques

 

Unit 3:Coursework

Investigative and practical skills.

PSA:  Practical skills  assessment

ISA:

Stage 1 – practical investigation

Stage 2 – written paper (2 per year)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entry requirements

 

Students are expected to have achieved two Grade Bs from their GCSE courses (one from core and one additional science) or have gained two Grade Bs from the separate sciences, one of which should be in Chemistry.

 

In addition, students should have gained at least a Grade B in both GCSE English and Maths, in order to have sufficient level of numeracy and literacy to study this subject effectively.

 

Students must be able to meet deadlines, work independently, be organised and work hard both in lessons and in their own time.

Assessment

 

AS Examination: Unit 1 – Foundation Chemistry

Examination paper (70 raw marks/100 UMS).  4 – 5 short answer questions plus 1 longer structured question.

1 ¼ hours

33 ⅓ % of the total AS marks

16 ⅔ % of the total A-Level marks

Unit 2 – Chemistry in Action

Examination paper (100 raw marks/140 UMS).  6 – 8 short answer questions plus 2 longer structured questions.

One and three-quarter hours

46 ⅔ % of the total AS marks

23 ⅓ % of the total A Level marks

Unit 3 – Investigative and Practical Skills in AS Chemistry

AS Centre-Assessed Unit (50 raw marks/60 UMS)

Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA – 38 raw marks)

Practical Skills Assessment (PSA – 12 raw marks)

20 % of total AS marks

10 % of total A Level marks

 

A2 Examination: Unit 4 – Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry

Examination paper (100 raw marks/120 UMS).  6 – 8 short answer questions plus 2 structured questions.  Some of the questions will have synoptic elements.

1 ¾  hours

20 % of the total A-Level marks

Unit 5 – Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry

Examination paper (100 raw marks/120 UMS).  5 – 7 short answer questions plus 2 – 3 longer structured questions.  Some of the questions will have synoptic elements.

1 ¾ hours

20 % of the total A-Level marks

Unit 6 – Investigative and Practical Skills in A2 Chemistry

A2 Centre-Assessed Unit (50 raw marks/60 UMS)

Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA – 38 raw marks)

Practical Skills Assessment (PSA – 12 raw marks)

10 % of total A Level marks

 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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