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The AQA A level in Chemistry builds on mainly the second module of GCSE Additional Science. The topics are organised into Physical, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry and are shared between two teachers.  The AQA course is especially exciting as there are aspects of Biochemistry taught in year 13. The course give a general insight into how the world works on the atomic level and gives a very good grounding in General Science.
Year 1 covers the fundamentals of chemistry, this will contain all of the basics of organic, physical and inorganic chemistry. This will be built upon to study such areas as reactions kinetics, equilibrium, investigating alcohols and organic analysis. There is a strong practical element in both years of the course and students will undertake 6 of the 12 required practicals. There will also be a trip to university labs to show students where students can carry out advanced experiments and see where careers in
chemistry can take you.
Year 2 builds upon the strong foundations of the first year. This entails learning advanced organic
chemistry and carrying out complex organic synthesis. There is a stronger focus on inorganic chemistry in year 2, students will further unlock the periodic table whilst learning about the d-block elements. Physical chemistry plays a prominent role where students will learn to understand how all reactions proceed or don’t by decoding the mysteries of disorder which control
the universe.


At the end of the A level course students will sit three external exams:
Paper 1 (35% of the A level) - Physical and Inorganic Chemistry (including relevant practical skills).
Paper 2 (35% of the A level) - Physical and Organic Chemistry (including relevant practical skills).
Paper 3 (30% of the A level) - Practical Skills and Data Analysis Paper.
There are 12 required practicals throughout the 2 years, and numerous other optional practicals. This leads to a course with a good analytical grounding, this will better prepare students for any degree with applied components. The practical make up a large component of the end of year 13 assessments, this means they need to be undertaken in a serious and
methodical fashion. This is a challenging yet rewarding part of the A-level, that will make students more well
rounded and independent when undertaking future studies or work.

Homework requirements

Homework will be set by both teachers every week. The work will mostly include exam questions wherever appropriate, short answer questions from the textbook, experimental write-ups, and revision. It is expected that students also read around the subject and prepare during exam periods by completing past papers and checking answers using mark schemes.
All students will have access to exam materials. Students should do a minimum of 5 hours’ study outside of class every week – this could be rewriting class notes or making additional notes from the textbook.


Mrs A Houston: (HOF)
Mr N Francis: (HOD)