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Chemistry A level at Waddesdon CofE School

Course description

The Science department at Waddesdon CE School follows the AQA Chemistry Syllabus 7405.
This course is designed to provide students with a balanced coherent study of Chemistry in which chemical principles are developed. Students will be able to devise and plan experimental and investigative work, and interpret, explain, evaluate and communicate the results of these. Students will also gain an awareness of the ethical, environmental, technological and economic aspects of the subject.
The course prepares students to progress into further or higher education, to follow courses in Chemistry, Medicine, Biochemistry, or related subjects, to enter employment where knowledge of Chemistry would be useful and to develop transferable skills such as written and oral communication, team work, ability to work in an analytical, logical, precise and accurate manner, and to analyse and evaluate data effectively.

Course content

Teaching Units – AS

3.0 Physical Chemistry
- Atoms, reactions and equations
- Bonding and structure
- Calculating the amounts of substances
- Redox reactions
 
3.2 Inorganic Chemistry
- The periodic table
- Group 2 and 7 reactions
 
3.3 Organic Chemistry
- Alkanes
- Halogenoalkanes
- Alkenes
- Organic analysis

Teaching Units – A2

3.1 Physical Chemistry
- Thermodynamics
- Rate equations
- Equilibrium constant
- Electrode potentials
- Acid and bases
 
3.2 Inorganic Chemistry
- Period 3
- Transition metals
- Reactions of ions
 
3.3 Organic Chemistry
- Isomerism
- Aromatic chemistry
- Biochemistry
- Further organic analysis

 

Entry requirements

Chemistry is a demanding subject conceptually. To cope with the demands, students will normally be expected to have gained a BB or higher in GCSE Science or a B in GCSE Chemistry, plus a B in GCSE Mathematics. If you have taken Double Award Science you must have a grade B in the Chemistry part of your science exams. If you have taken Double Award Science you must have a grade B in the Chemistry part of your Science exams.

Assessment

Assessment method and weighting – AS

Paper 1
Inorganic chemistry and relevant physical chemistry
1 hour 30 minutes exam, 50% of AS marks
15 multiple choice questions marks and 65 short answer and extended questions marks
 
Paper 2
Organic chemistry with relevant physical chemistry
1 hour 30 minutes exam, 50% of AS marks
15 multiple choice questions marks and 65 short answer and extended questions marks

Assessment method and weighting – A-Level

Paper 1
Inorganic chemistry and relevant physical chemistry
2 hour exam 35% of A-Level marks
105 marks in total, mixed short answer and extended answer questions, Some synoptic assessment and Stretch and Challenge questions
 
Paper 2
Organic chemistry with relevant physical chemistry
2 hour exam 35% of A-Level marks
105 marks in total, mixed short answer and extended answer questions, Some synoptic assessment and Stretch and Challenge questions
 
Paper 3
Practical skills and synoptic content
2 hour exam, 30% pf A-Level marks
90 marks in total; 30 multiple choice questions, 40 on practical skills and 20 on synoptic assessment marks.
 
 

 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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