Sixth Form (A Levels)

A Level Chemistry

Description

The AQA GCE AS A Level Chemistry online school syllabus is designed in consultation with teachers and universities, to help students develop not only subject knowledge but also a strong understanding of some of the key concepts that are critical to mastering the subject

The AQA GCE Chemistry syllabus enables students to progress on to university.

Assessment

Teacher assessments are continuous during LIVE TAUGHT lessons, marking of coursework and assignments and summative tests.

Homework

Homework will be given at the end of each week, usually in the form of problems to solve, researching key concepts.

Reporting

Parents have 24 /7 access to all of their children’s coursework. Additionally the school holds 3 parent consultations per year – one each term.

The course will follow the current AQA GCE specifications.

The course will be based on the textbooks recommended for AQA GCEs.

Physical chemistry

  1. Atoms, molecules and stoichiometry
  2. Atomic structure
  3. Chemical bonding
  4. States of matter
  5. Chemical energetics
  6. Electrochemistry
  7. Equilibria
  8. Reaction kinetics

Inorganic chemistry

  1. The Periodic Table: chemical periodicity
  2. Group 2
  3. Group 17
  4. An introduction to the chemistry of transition elements
  5. Nitrogen and sulfur

Organic chemistry and analysis

  1. An introduction to organic chemistry
  2. Hydrocarbons
  3. Halogen derivatives
  4. Hydroxy compounds
  5. Carbonyl compounds
  6. Carboxylic acids and derivatives
  7. Nitrogen compounds
  8. Polymerisation
  9. Analytical techniques
  10. Organic synthesis

All candidates study practical skills.

These topics will be taught in Years 12 and 13 to prepare students for their AQA A Level examinations.

AQA science A Levels do not require a science practical endorsement examination to pass (all grades A*-G are achievable without a practical examination). However, students who wish to study sciences at degree level are advised to check with their intended university whether a science practical endorsement is required. If so, a separate science practical endorsement examination can be taken later, even after students have passed and left their CHS A Level course. Students should check with their local examination centre to see if they offer science practical preparation and examinations. While separate Practical Endorsement preparation and examination courses (typically 1 week duration) are readily available in the UK, they may not be available internationally. International students do have the option of sitting examinations and the practical endorsement in the UK.

 

Our lessons prepare students for June Series examinations only.

AS Level

Paper 1: topic 1 (Sections 1.1 to 1.4, 1.6 and 1.7) to topic 2 (Sections 2.1 to 2.3) including relevant practical skills, written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, 80 marks, 50% of AS

Paper 2: topic 1 (Sections 1.2 to 1.6) and topic 3 (Section 3.1 to 3.6), including relevant practical skills, written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, 80 marks, 50% of AS

A Level

Paper 1: topic 1 (Sections 1.1 to 1.4, 1.6 to 1.8 and 1.10 to 1.12) and topic 2 (Section 3.2), including relevant practical skills, written exam: 2 hours, 105 marks, 35% of A Level

Paper 2: Any content from topic 1 (Sections 1.1 to 1.4, 1.6 to 1.8 and 1.10 to 1.12) and topic 3 (Section 3.3), including relevant practical skills, written exam: 2 hours, 105 marks, 35% of A Level

Paper 3: Any content and any practical skills, written exam: 2 hours, 90 marks, 30% of A Level

It is the parents’ responsibility to arrange their child’s examinations; our teachers will provide all the support required. Most students will sit their examination papers at a school or college who accept private candidates. Some students sit their examinations at private examination centres.

Unlike Cambridge examination board, the AQA examination board has few examination centres outside of the UK, and so it is likely that students will sit their science A Level examinations at a UK examination centre. As CHS students are applying to top UK Universities, travel to the UK will be required.

Separate Science Practical Endorsement (Optional)

AQA science A Levels do not require a science practical endorsement to pass (all grades A*-G are achievable without a practical examination). However, students who wish to study sciences at Degree level are advised to check with their intended university whether a science practical endorsement is required. If so, a separate science practical endorsement examination can be taken later, even after students have passed and left their CHS A Level course. Students should check with their local examination centre to see if they offer science practical preparation and examinations. While separate Practical Endorsement preparation and examination courses (typically 1 week duration) are readily available in the UK, they may not be available internationally. International students do have the option of sitting examinations and the practical endorsement in the UK. Preparation for this additional practical endorsement will be carried out by your appointed examination centre and not by the school.

“The conducting of experiments is potentially dangerous and must be supervised by an adult. Cambridge Home School and its teachers do not demand that pupils conduct experiments. Parents and pupils must make the decision whether or not to conduct experiments / dangerous activities and must therefore accept responsibility for any outcomes. Cambridge Home School does not accept responsibility for experiments or any other dangerous activity conducted at the homes of its pupils or in any other place.”

General points

Assessment, apart from the final International GCSE exams, assessments will be carried out continuously throughout lessons, via homework or short tests.

Practicals will not be possible due to the online nature of teaching, but students are welcome to carry out safe practicals at home. Students are also encouraged to watch videos of practicals online, for example using YouTube. Students will also be encouraged to think scientifically in an everyday context, making them aware of the science around them and how it can help in solving problems.

 

The Teacher

From Mr O’Connell:

My name is Mr O’Connell. I am a Cambridge graduate and Head of the Chemistry department at CHS. With a background in organic chemistry, I have many years of teaching experience specialising in GCSE and A-Level Chemistry. I also have experience working as a demonstrator and marker at other universities.

dr.o'connell Chemistry Cambridge Home School

How to apply

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