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AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Chemistry

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics

What will you be working towards?

Code Ch
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

A qualification in Chemistry is one of the most marketable around, opening doors in the real world due to the skills it develops. It shows that you have the ability to analyse facts and interpret data in both numerical and literal forms. As such it is a qualification which is not only essential for many science-based courses such as Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Biosciences, Genetics, Pharmacy, Biochemistry and Environmental Sciences but also is a valid entry qualification for a whole range of careers.

Students hoping to study A-level Chemistry must have a genuine interest in the subject and be willing to work hard. They should have demonstrated a good level of attainment and commitment to science.

Our objective is to ensure that learning is enjoyable, and enhances students’ enthusiasm for Chemistry. The new specification, which has been adopted since September 2015, has been tailored to follow on from Combined Trilogy Science at GCSE, and will develop students’ knowledge and understanding to provide a pathway to further study.


Details

The Year 12 course in Chemistry is designed to provide an appropriate assessment of knowledge, understanding and skills expected of students who have completed the first half of a full A-level qualification.

Aspects of Physical, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry will be studied and examined in Year 12, covering concepts on atomic structure, the mole, periodicity, kinetics, equilibria and organic chemistry. These units will also contain practical elements which are assessed in six class practical sessions and in the three written exam papers at the end of Year 13.

Students will only be able to enter the Year 13 course if they have successfully passed the internal-based mock exam in Year 12.

In Year 13, students build and expand on the fundamental concepts studied in Year 12. The modules will include such topics as kinetics, equilibria, energetics, redox reactions and further inorganic and organic chemistry. These topics will also contain practical elements which are assessed in the three written exam papers and six class practical sessions.

Chemistry is fundamentally an experimental subject. The new AQA specification provides numerous opportunities to use practical experiences to link theory to reality, and equip students with the essential practical skills they need.

As well as this practical knowledge, chemistry students develop many other skills prized by employers such as problem solving, numeracy, communication, creativity, data analysis and team work.


How will it be delivered?

Paper 1

What's assessed

Relevant physical chemistry topics (sections 3.1.1 to 3.1.4, 3.1.6 to 3.1.8 and 3.1.10 to 3.1.12) 

Inorganic chemistry (section 3.2)

Relevant practical skills

Assessed

written exam: 2 hours 

105 marks

35% of A-level

Questions

105 marks of short and long answer questions 

Paper 2 

What's assessed

Relevant physical chemistry topics (sections 3.1.2 to 3.1.6 and 3.1.9) 

Organic chemistry (section 3.3)

Relevant practical skills

Assessed

written exam: 2 hours 

105 marks

35% of A-level

Questions

105 marks of short and long answer questions 


Paper 3 

What's assessed

Any content 

Any practical skills

Assessed

Written exam: 2 hours 

90 marks

30% of A-level

Questions

40 marks of questions on practical techniques and data analysis 

20 marks of questions testing across the specification 

30 marks of multiple choice questions 


Entry requirements

 Grade 6 in Chemistry if you followed the triple science course. 6-6 in paper 1 & 2, the Chemistry modules if you studied combined science.

Higher tier maths at grade 5 or must study Core Maths.


Your next steps...

Chemistry is fundamental to most scientific careers. With a qualification in Chemistry you could go on to Higher Education to study such subjects as Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Law, Chemical Engineering, Material Sciences, Agriculture.

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