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  • A-Level Chemistry (Last Exam 2016)

    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: HSAL20

      Delivery method: Paper based pack

      Course duration: 12 Months

      Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed

      Award achieved: AQA A Level Chemistry

      Awarding body: AQA

      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.

      It is a demanding subject that is incredible rewarding and unlocks the study of medicine and science at university level.

    • Chemistry course overview

      Through this A Level Chemistry course you will gain a valuable understanding of chemistry, starting with the foundation of chemistry and moving on to chemistry in action, kinetics, equilibria, organic chemistry, energetics, redox and inorganic chemistry. Students also work on the theoretical basis for their practical skills assessments.

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

      Skills gained

      • Data analysis.
      • An appreciation of how science works and its relevance beyond the laboratory.
      • Develop an enthusiasm for chemistry.
      • An understanding of how chemistry is used in a contemporary context.

      Course outline

      This course is divided into 6 units:

      AS Level

      Unit 1: CHEM1 Foundation chemistry

      Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes

      Unit 2: CHEM2 Chemistry in action

      Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes

      Unit 2: CHEM3 Practical Assessment: Investigative and practical skills in AS Chemistry

      A2 Level

      Unit 4: CHEM4 Kenetics, equilibria and organic chemistry

      Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes

      Unit 5: CHEM5 Energetics, redox and inorganic chemistry

      Written examination: 1 hours 45 minutes

      Unit 6: CHEM6 Practical Assessment: Investigative and practical skills in A2 Chemistry

      Practical assessment are taken at an examination centre

      Find out more here:
      http://web.aqa.org.uk/qual/gce/science/chemistry-materials.php

      Course content

      Unit 1: Foundation chemistry

      Module 1: Atomic structure

      Module 2: Amount of substance

      Module 3: Bonding

      Module 4: Periodicity

      Module 5: Introduction to organic chemistry

      Module 6: Alkanes

      Unit 2: Chemistry in action

      Module 1: Energetics

      Module 2: Kinetics

      Module 3: Equilibria

      Module 4: Redox reactions

      Module 5: The halogens

      Module 6: The alkaline earth metals

      Module 7: Extractions of metals

      Module 8: Haloalkanes

      Module 9: Alkenes

      Module 10: Alcohols

      Module 11: Analytical techniques

      Unit 3: Investigative and practical skills

      Module 1: Ethical , safe and skilful practical techniques

      Module 2: Use qualitative and quantitative methods

      Module 3: Make, record and communicate reliable and accurate valid observations

      Module 4: Measure with appropriate precision and accuracy

      Module 5: Analyse interpret, evaluate and explain the methodology, results and how they impact on their own and others’ experimental activity

      Contact your local examination centre to discuss practical work and which route you will choose, your tutor isn’t involved in this stage.

      Unit 4: Kinetics, equilibria, and organic chemistry

      Module 1: Kinetics

      Module 2: Equilibria

      Module 3: Acid and bases

      Module 4: Nomenclature and isomerism in organic chemistry

      Module 5: Compounds containing the carbonyl group

      Module 6: Aromatic chemistry

      Module 7: Amines

      Module 8: Amino Acids

      Module 9: Polymers

      Module 10: Organic synthesis and analysis

      Module 11: Structure and determination

      Unit 5: Energetics, redox and inorganic chemistry

      Module 1: Thermodynamics

      Module 2: Periodicity

      Module 3: Redox equilibria

      Module 4: Transition metals

      Module 5: Reactions of inorganic compounds in aqueous solution

      Unit 6: Investigative and practical skills

      Module 1: Ethical, safe and skilful practical techniques

      Module 2: Use qualitative and quantitative methods

      Module 3: Make, record and communicate reliable and accurate valid observations

      Module 4: Measure with appropriate precision and accuracy

      Module 5: Analyse interpret, evaluate and explain the methodology, results and how they impact on their own and others’ experimental activity.

      Contact your local examination centre to discuss practical work and which route you will choose, your tutor isn’t involved in this stage.

      How Science Works

      How Science Works is an additional subject studied in A Level Chemistry. It is a set of concepts that will help you understand how scientists investigate scientific phenomena and how they use this to explain the world around us. It will also give you an idea about how concepts are formed how these are tested and then validated.

      Recommended reading

      AQA Chemistry AS: Student Book

      Ted Lister and Janet Renshaw, Hodder Nelson Thornes

      ISBN: 978-0748782802

      AQA Chemistry A2: Student Book

      Ted Lister and Janet Renshaw, Hodder Nelson Thornes

      ISBN: 978-0748782796

      Assessment

      The AQA A Level Chemistry qualification is gained once all 4 exam papers and 2 practical assessments are successfully completed. The first two exams and one practical assessment make up the AS Level, the second two and practical assessment comprise the A2 Level and together they form the A Level. 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.

      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 available in paper-based format, therefore, you will receive the full course materials as well as a useful study guide.

      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.

      Tutor support

      Our A Level courses come with tutor feedback and support by email for 24 months. However the last exam for this course is in 2016.

      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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