Chemistry

Head of Department: Dr R Butler: rbutler@kingalfred.somerset.sch.uk

 

A-level Chemistry is a rigorous, challenging and ultimately rewarding course that develops students' scientific skills and knowledge. There is significant mathematical content in the course, so a high GCSE grade or combination with A level maths is recommended. Chemistry is an essential choice for anyone considering a career in medicine.


CHEMISTRY A (H432)

 

Module 1 – Development of practical skills

 

Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation

 

Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry

 

Includes:

·         Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations      

·         Acid-base and redox reactions

·         Amount of substance

·         Electrons, bonding and structure

 

Module 3 – Periodic table and energy

 

 

Module 4 – Core organic chemistry

Includes:

·         The periodic table and periodicity

·         Group 2 and the halogens

·         Qualitative analysis

·         Enthalpy changes

·         Reaction Rates and equilibrium

 

 

Includes:

·         Basic concepts

·         Hydrocarbons

·         Alcohols and haloalkanes

·         Organic synthesis

·         Analytical techniques (IR, MS)

Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements

 

Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis

Includes:

·         Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative)

·         pH and buffers

·         Enthalpy, entropy and free energy

·         Redox and electrode potentials

·         Transition elements

 

Includes:

·         Aromatic compounds

·         Carbonyl compounds

·         Carboxylic acids and esters

·         Nitrogen compounds

·         Polymers

·         Organic synthesis

·         Chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR)

 


CHEMISTRY A: ASSESSMENT OVERVIEW

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Level Chemistry A (H432) – First Exam June 2017

ASSESSMENT OVERVIEW

Paper

 

 

Marks

Duration

Weighting

Paper 1

 Periodic

physical

Table, elements and

chemistry

100

2 hr 15 mins

37%

 

Section A

Multiple choice

15

 

 

 

Section B

Structured questions and extended response questions covering theory and practical skills

85

 

 

Paper 2

Synthesis

and analytical techniques

100

2 hr 15 mins

37%

 

Section A

Multiple choice

15

 

 

 

Section B

Structured questions and extended response questions covering theory and practical skills

 

 

 

Paper 3

Unified

chemistry

70

1 hr 30 mins

26%

 

Structured

extended

covering

questions and

response questions,

theory and practical skills

 

 

 

Non-exam

Practical

Endorsement for chemistry

Pass/

Fail

Non-exam

Reported

assessment

See pages 27

component

and Chemistry

complete a

activities to

competence.

separately to

& 28, Teacher-assessed

common to Chemistry A

B (Salters). Candidates

 Minimum of 12 practical

demonstrate practical

Performance reported

the A Level grade.

0

assessment

separately