Chemistry 6th 02

Course Outline

Students of our Edexcel A level in Chemistry will develop their interest in and enthusiasm for Chemistry, and explore how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society. Plenty of practical experience is included to encourage enjoyment of the study of Chemistry and enhance understanding. 

Edexcel A level Chemistry specification has a six-unit structure that provides the fundamental key concepts of chemistry, including the core and general principles and laboratory skills, in motivating contemporary contexts. With a realistic, manageable level of content and assessment, the specification is designed to inspire and engage teachers and students in the learning experience. 

astudent 2015 01Studies include theory work and laboratory investigations. 

A strong emphasis is placed on developing practical skills and understanding the process of how science works. This is assessed through written examination papers rather than coursework or a separate practical exam at the end of the course. The course also offers Practical Endorsement leading to practical competency as an addition to the A level.

Entrance requirements and skills needed

Students should have a keen interest in Chemistry, an enquiring mind, together with the ability and willingness to carry out independent background research.

Why Study Chemistry? 

Chemistry is a diverse subject – from environmental studies to the polymer revolution, a qualification in Chemistry equips you with valuable skills: literacy, numeracy, social awareness and an ability to make connections between natural, social, economic, political and technological fields. 

A level Chemistry provides a useful complement to other subjects including other Biology, Physics and Geography. It provides a firm foundation for a whole range of careers such as:, Dentistry, Forensic Science, Medicine, Pharmacy, Analytical Chemist, Chemical Engineer, Healthcare Scientist, Toxicologist, Veterinary Medicine and many others.

Chem A level 01Assessments - Edexcel qualification

AS after one year

Paper 1: Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding and structure, Redox, Inorganic chemistry and the periodic table, Formulae, equations and amounts of substance, Experimental methods (including questions on core practicals)

Paper 2: Formulae, equations and amounts of substance, Bonding and structure, Organic chemistry, Modern analytical techniques, Energetics, Kinetics, Equilibrium, Experimental methods (including questions on core practicals). Paper 1 and 2 carry 50% of the weighting each.


A Level after two years

Paper 1: Equilibrium, Acid-base equilibria, Energetics, Redox, Transition metals and some AS content

Paper 2: Kinetics, Organic chemistry, Organic chemistry, Modern analytical techniques and some AS content.

Paper 3: General paper assessing across the AS and A level qualifications and Experimental methods (including questions on core practicals)

Paper 1 and 2 will carry 30% of the weighting and paper 3 the remaining 40%.

All AS and A Level papers will include assessment of experimental methods (including questions on core practicals) and mathematical skills, the latter making up 20% of the assessment.

There are 16 core practicals that cover all of the 12 techniques required for the practical competency measure. This will be teacher assessed and reported alongside the A Level grade.

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