A Level Chemistry

Subject content

Students will cover the following topics:
3.1 Physical chemistry
3.2 Inorganic chemistry
3.3 Organic chemistry

Assessment

Paper 1
What’s assessed?
3.1.1 Atomic structure
3.1.2 Amount of substance
3.1.3 Bonding
3.1.4 Energetics
3.1.6 Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc
3.1.7 Oxidation, reduction and redox equations
3.1.8 Thermodynamics
3.1.10 Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems
3.1.11 Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells
3.1.12 Acids and bases

3.2.1 Periodicity
3.2.2 Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
3.2.3 Group 7(17), the halogens
3.2.4 Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides
3.2.5 Transition metals
3.2.6 Reactions of ions in aqueous solution

How’s it assessed?
Written exam
2 hours
105 marks
35% of A-level

Paper 2
What’s assessed?
3.1.2 Amount of substance
3.1.3 Bonding
3.1.4 Energetics
3.1.5 Kinetics
3.1.6 Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc
3.1.9 Rate equations

3.3.1 Introduction to organic chemistry
3.3.2 Alkanes
3.3.3 Halogenoalkanes
3.3.4 Alkenes
3.3.5 Alcohols
3.3.6 Organic analysis
3.3.7 Optical isomerism
3.3.8 Aldehydes and ketones
3.3.9 Carboxylic acids and derivatives
3.3.10 Aromatic chemistry
3.3.11 Amines
3.3.12 Polymers
3.3.13 Amino acids, proteins and DNA
3.3.14 Organic synthesis
3.3.15 Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
3.3.16 Chromatography

How’s it assessed?
written exam
2 hours
105 marks
35% of A-level

Paper 3
What’s assessed?
Any content covered on the course.

How’s it assessed?
written exam
2 hours
105 marks
35% of A-level

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