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Chemistry AS/A Level at S. Peter's Collegiate School - A CofE Academy

Course description

Chemistry addresses critical challenges in society today, from developing new energy sources, synthesising new drugs and nano materials to tackling local and global environmental problems.

Chemistry combines well with the other sciences, maths and other technical subjects and is a good choice if you enjoyed it at GCSE.

Course content

AS LEVEL

Module 1 - Development of practical skills:  (planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation)

Students carry out a series of practicals on (1) Mole determination  (2) acid-base titration, (3) Enthalpy changes, (4) Qualitative analysis and (5) synthesis of an organic liquid These are carried out throughout the year. Unlike previous years these practical tasks do not contribute to the  assessment of the AS award

Module 2 - Foundations in chemistry

Includes:  Atoms compounds molecules and equations;  Electrons, bonding and structure;  Amount of substance;  Acid-base and redox reactions

Module 3 - The Periodic table and energy

Includes: The periodic table and periodicity, Group 2 and Group 7, Qualitative analysis, Enthalpy changes, Rates and Equilibrium (qualitative)

Module 4 Core organic chemistry

Includes: Basic concepts, Hydrocarbons, Alcohols and Haloalkanes, Organic synthesis, Analytical techniques (IR, MS).

 

A2 Level

Module 1 - Development of practical skills

(planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation)

Students carry out a series of practicals on (6)Synthesis of an organic solid, (7) Qualitative analysis of organic functional groups, (8) Electrochemical cells, (9) Monitoring the rate of a chemical reaction. They will also carry out unscaffolded investigations on (10) initial reaction rates and (11) pH measurement as well as a research task(12)

Module 5 Physical chemistry and transition elements

Includes: Rates of reaction and Equilibrium (quantitative); pH and buffers; Enthalphy, entropy and free energy; Redox and electrode potentials; Transition elements

Module 6 organic chemistry and analysis

Includes:  Aromatic compounds; Carbonyl compounds; Carboxylic acids and esters; Nitrogen compounds; Polymers; Organic synthesis; Chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR)

Entry requirements

Double Award Science BB or B in Chemistry for separate science.

GCSE Maths Grade B essential, GCSE English Grade B desirable

GCSE APS of 42

Assessment

AS Level

 

The AS award is assessed by  two examination papers 

Paper 1:  Breadth in chemistry: 70 mark total (1hr 30 mins) weighting: 50%

Section A - Multiple choice (20 mark)

Section B - Structured questions covering theory and practical skills (50 mark)

Paper 2:  Depth in chemistry:  70 mark total (1hr 30 mins) weighting:  50%

Structured questions and extended response questions covering theory and practical skills (70 mark)

 

A2 Level

 

The A2 award is assessed by three examination papers

Paper 1: Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry:  100 mark total (2hr 15 mins) weighting:37%

Section A - Multiple choice (15 mark)

Section B - Structured questions covering theory and practical skills (85 mark)

Paper 2:  Synthesis and analytical techniques:  100 mark total (2hr 15 mins) weighting: 37%

Section A - Multiple choice (15 mark)

Section B - Structured questions covering theory and practical skills (85 mark)

Paper 3:  Unified chemistry:  70 mark total (1hr 30 mins) weighting:  26%

Structured questions and extended response questions covering theory and practical skills (70 mark)

Non Exam assessment.

In addition to the A2 reported grade. A separate statement called Practical Endorsement for chemistry -Pass/ Fail will be included on the certificate. This will be awarded when the student has successfully completed the twelve practical tasks set out in module 1. This is a teacher assessed, moderated component.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact S. Peter's Collegiate School - A CofE Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 December 2014
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  • Start date: Next September

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