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Chemistry A Level at Kineton High School

Course description

If you are always interested in, or question why things happen, this is the A Level for you. By the end of the course, you’ll get a real in-depth knowledge of this fascinating subject, preparing you for further education or giving you the credentials to enhance your job options straight away.

Chemists have greatly improved the quality of life for the majority of people, for example drugs and their side effects and global warming. Our A Level course is underpinned by the practical skills that we call ‘How Science Works’. You also find out how chemists are real innovators, designing solutions to the problems that affect modern life.

Course content

AS and first year of A Level
Physical chemistry – including atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics, chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s principle.

Inorganic chemistry – Including periodicity Group 2 the alkaline earth metals, Group 7(17) the halogens.

Organic chemistry – including introduction to organic chemistry, alkanes, halogenoalkanes, alkenes, alcohols, organic analysis.

Second year of A level
Physical chemistry – Including thermodynamics, rate equations, equilibrium constant (Kc) for homogeneous systems, electrode potentials and electrochemical cells

Inorganic chemistry – including properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides, transition metals, reactions of ions in aqueous solution.

Organic chemistry – including optical isomerism, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, aromatic chemistry, amines, polymers, amino acids, proteins and DNA, organic synthesis, NMR spectroscopy, chromatography.

Practical AQA provide a list of practical activities that students must carry out. Exam questions will be based on these practicals.

Entry requirements

In order to study Chemistry A Level you will need to achieve grade A or above in the Chemistry component of GCSE Additional Science. Students who achieve a high grade B will be considered if they achieve grade 7 or above in Mathematics.


AQA have developed their AS and A Level with the GCSE in mind to ensure seamless progression between qualifications, with continuity of content and question type. They have also worked with universities to ensure that you develop the skills and knowledge that universities want to see.

- All exams are at the end of the course.
- The AS is a stand alone qualification, which doesn’t contribute to the A Level grade.
- New assessment objectives.
- The minimum total number of hours for exams is 3 hours for AS and 6 hours for A Level.
- 10% of the total A Level marks require the use of Level 2 (higher tier GCSE) mathematical skills.
- There will be no internal assessment, in other words no coursework or controlled assessment.
- Practical work will be assessed in written papers. 15% of the total A Level marks will be for practical.
- A separate ‘endorsement’ of practical work will be assessed by teachers. This will not be graded. If students pass, it will be reported on their certificate, otherwise it will not be reported.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 February 2017
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