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GCE Chemistry

Awarding Body : AQA

Overview of Course

A-level Chemistry is a rigorous, challenging and ultimately rewarding course that develops students’ scientific skills and knowledge. All three main areas of chemistry are taught with a higher emphasis on practical techniques as these techniques will now be examined in the two exams. Following on from GCSE Science or Chemistry, this specification offers students freedom, creativity and the opportunity for independent progression in science

Course Entry requirements

Learners will be expected to have 2 GCSEs in Science graded A* – B or GCSE Chemistry graded A* – B. Mathematics to grade B or above will always be considered helpful.

Content and Assessment

You will be assessed by examination only.

The first examination accounts for 50% of the AS marks and will be on inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry and relevant practical skills.

The second examination accounts for a further 50% and will be on organic chemistry, physical chemistry and relevant practical skills.

Both examinations last for 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Physical Chemistry

This will include atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics, chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s principle.

Inorganic Chemistry

This includes periodicity, Group 2 (the alkaline earth metals), Group 7 (the halogens)

Career Links

Chemistry is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, nursing, biochemistry, dentistry or forensic science. It will also equip you for a career in industry, for example in the petrochemical or pharmaceutical industries.