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  • A-Level Chemistry

    Studying chemistry is a great introduction to all science and provides a powerful understanding of how the world is made up. Chemistry is literally the study of matter, how it changes, its composition as well as its structure and properties.

    • Course Description

      A Level Chemistry

      Course code: NALV03

      Delivery method: Paper based pack

      Course duration: 24 Months

      Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed

      Award achieved: AQA A Level Chemistry

      Awarding body: AQA

      The first time this exam can be taken is 2017, if you are looking to take your A-Level sooner please check out our Fast Track A-Levels.

      Chemistry explores the fundamental building blocks of life. This course will explore physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry and organic chemistry.

      You will study subjects like atomic structure, kinetics, periodicity, organic analysis and chromatography. Studying chemistry prepares you for further education, particularly if you want to work in medicine or become a scientist.

    • Chemistry course overview

      During this A-Level Chemistry course you will explore bonding, energetics, kinetics, thermodynamics, the periodic table, amino acids, proteins DNA and organic synthesis.

      Upon successful completion of the exam and practical assessments (as administered by AQA) you will have achieved an internationally recognised AQA A-Level Chemistry.

      Skills gained

      • Developing an enthusiasm for chemistry
      • Gaining holistic understanding of chemistry and all the interrelations
      • Understanding of the scientific method, and how science fits in with that and the wider contexts
      • Acquire a range of relevant scientific skills including evaluation methodology, evidence and data and resolving conflicting evidence.
      • Evaluating the role of the scientific community in validating new knowledge and ensuring integrity

      Course outline

      This course is divided into 3 units:

      Unit 1: Relevant physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, relevant practical skills.

      Written examination: 2 hours. 35% of A Level. 105 Marks (A mixture of short and long answer questions)

      Unit 2: Relevant physical chemistry, organic chemistry, relevant practical skills.

      Written examination: 2 hours. 35% of A Level. 105 Marks (A mixture of short and long answer questions)

      Unit 3: Any content, relevant practical skills.

      Written examination: 2 hours. 30% of A Level. 90 Marks (40 marks = questions on practical techniques and data analysis, 20 marks = questions testing across specification, 30 marks = multiple choice questions)

      Practical Assessment

      Your A-Level grade will be based on written examinations. However, to pass you must undergo an assessment of practical skills. These are:

      • Make up a volumetric solution and carry out a simple acid–base titration
      • Measurement of an enthalpy change
      • Investigation of how the rate of a reaction changes with temperature
      • Carry out simple test-tube reactions to identify:
        *cations – Group 2, NH4+
        *anions – Group 7 (halide ions), OH–, CO3 2–, SO4 2–
      • Distillation of a product from a reaction
      • Tests for alcohol, aldehyde, alkene and carboxylic acid

      Course content

      Topic 1: Physical Chemistry

      Module 1: Atomic structure

      Module 2: Amount of substance

      Module 3: Bonding

      Module 4: Energetics

      Module 5: Kinetics

      Module 6: Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc ATP

      Module 7: Oxidation, reduction and redox equations

      Module 8: Thermodynamics

      Module 9: Rate equations

      Module 10: Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems

      Module 11: Electrode potentials and electromechanical cells

      Module 12: Acids and bases

      Topic 2: Inorganic Chemistry

      Module 1: Periodicity

      Module 2: Group 2, the alkaline earth metals

      Module 3: The Halogens

      Module 4: Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides

      Module 5: Transition metals

      Module 6: Reactions of the ions in aqueous solution

      Topic 3: Organic Chemistry

      Module 1: Introduction to organic chemistry

      Module 2: Alkanes

      Module 3: Halogenoalkanes

      Module 4: Alkenes

      Module 5: Alcohols

      Module 6: Organic analysis

      Module 7: Optical isomerism

      Module 8: Aldehydes & ketones

      Module 9: Carboxylic acids and derivatives

      Module 10: Aromatic chemistry

      Module 11: Amines

      Module 12: Polymers

      Module 13: Amino acids, proteins and DNA

      Module 14: Organic synthesis

      Module 15: Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

      Module 16: Chromatography


      The AQA A-Level Chemistry qualification is gained once all 3 exam papers are successfully completed along with coursework and six practical assessments. These exams are administered by the AQA and assessment centre details will be included with your course, as well as practice papers so that you are more than prepared for your assessments. You will need to contact your local examination centre to work through your coursework requirements.

      The practicals are not marked, but you will need to be observed by an examination centre to demonstrate competence in the different techniques. The practicals are usually held in Spring of each year, while the written exams are in May/June.

      In addition, there will be a number of tutor marked assessments (TMAs) to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the course materials, with the tutor sending comments to guide you through any areas of potential difficulty, as well as a range of self-assessments that are indicators that you understand the materials as you work through them. These are for your own information, and do not need to be shown to your course tutor.

      Method of study

      Paper based pack

      This course is currently only available in paper-based format.

      We will send a study pack to you by courier, including your course materials and a study guide to help you through the student process.

      Your study guide is crammed full of tips and information to help you get the most out of the learning experience, student skills, techniques for writing your assessment answers and instructions for submitting your TMAs online for marking by your specialist tutor.

      Your tutor marked assessments are only accepted online, rather than by post.

      Tutor support

      Our A-Level courses come with tutor feedback and support by email for 24 months. They will mark your TMAs and provide valuable guidance through any trickier parts of the course whenever you need it. You will also receive a study guide to help you with all aspects of studying, essay writing and general student skills.

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      Everyone at Absorb wishes you the best of luck on your studying journey! We know it’s both rewarding and challenging and ultimately what a difference that qualification will make to your career path and life.

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