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  • A Level Chemistry

    Structure of Course and External Assessment

    Unit 1 – Foundation Chemistry : 1 hour 15 minutes exam 33⅓ % of total AS marks (June 2015)

    Unit 2 – Chemistry in Action: 1 hour 45 minutes exam 46⅔ % of total AS marks (June 2015)

    Unit 3 – Investigative and practical skills in AS Chemistry: Practical skills assessment (PSA -12 raw marks), Investigative skills assignment (ISA – 38 raw marks) & 20% of AS marks (completed throughout Year 12)

    Further information on the structure and content of the course, including past papers and mark schemes, can be found at the link below

    http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/chemistry-2420

    Teaching order

    Mrs Roughley
    Module
    Topic
    Length of topic
    Induction
    Teaching and test
    2 week
    Module 1
    Atomic structure
    3 weeks
    Amount of substance
    5 weeks
    Bonding +Periodicity
    5 weeks
    Module 2
    Energetics
    5 weeks
    Kinetics
    2 week
    Equilibria
    2 weeks
    Controlled assessment
    4 weeks
    Mr Ward
    Module
    Topic
    Length of topic
    Module 1
    Introduction to organic chemistry
    3 weeks
    Alkanes
    4 weeks
    Module 2
    Alkenes
    3 weeks
    Haloalkanes
    4 weeks
    Alcohols
    3 weeks
    Analytical techniques
    2 weeks
    Redox
    3 weeks
    Group 7, the halogens
    2 week
    Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
    2 weeks
    The extraction of metals
    2 weeks

    Internal assessment

    You will do an end of topic test at the end of each topic. If you do not achieve your target grade you will be given an opportunity to sit another end of topic test in your free time. It is very important to make sure you understand each topic before going on to the next as each topic will build on ideas from the previous topics.

    A2 Chemistry Information

    Topics, teaching order and assessments

    Mrs Roughley
    Topic
    Title
    Duration of teaching
    Assessment by
    5.1.1
    Hast Fast?
    6 weeks
    17th October
    5.1.2
    How Far?
    8 weeks
    19th December
    5.2
    Energy
    8 weeks
    6th March
    5.3
    Transition Metals
    3 weeks
    27th March
    Mr Ward
    Topic
    Title
    Duration of teaching          
    Assessment by
    4.1.1
    Arenes
    2 weeks
    19th September
    4.1.2
    Carbonyl Compounds
    3 weeks
     
    4.1.3
    Carboxylic acids and esters
    4 weeks
    14th November
    4.1.4
    Amines and azo dyes
    3 weeks
     
    4.2.1
    Amino acids and chirality
    4 weeks
     
    4.2.2
    Polyesters and polyamides
    3 weeks
    6th February
    4.3.1
    Chromatography
    2 weeks
     
    4.3.2
    Spectroscopy
    2 weeks
    13th March
    5.3
    Transition Metals
    2 weeks
    27th March

    Breakdown of units and details on examination details

    Further information on the structure and content of the course, including past papers and mark schemes, can be found at the link below:

    http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-chemistry-a-h034-h434

    Internal assessment

    You will do end of topic assessments as outlined above. If you do not achieve your target grade in the test you will be invited to a drop in session and asked to sit the assessment again in your free time. It is very important to make sure you understand each topic before going on to the next as each topic will build on ideas from the previous topics.

    External assessment

    F234 and F235 exams will be carried out in May / June 2015. F236 (investigative and practical skills in A2 Chemistry) will be assessed throughout the A2 course.

    Text books and revision guides

    Shown below are some suggested texts:
     
     You will be provided with a copy of the OCR A2 Chemistry text book.
     
     
     
     
     
     

     

     

     The A2-Level Chemistry student guide is concise and has lots of extra questions in to help with independent study. 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     The practical skills in Chemistry book  is very useful in preparing for the practical assessments within the course. 

     

     

     

    You can purchase the A2-Level Chemistry student guide from the school for £10 (rrp £19.99). We will also have copies of the practical skills book which can be borrowed during independent study. 

    Further Information for AS and A2 Chemistry Students

    Homework

    Homework will be set regularly and will include a variety of different tasks including research tasks, past exam questions and full exam papers. We will also be using the doddlelearn website to set homework and track your progress during the year.

    Independent study

    To be successful at A2 chemistry it is necessary to do a lot of work outside of lessons. You will be given an exercise book to complete your independent study in, although you may wish to use a different book / folder for your independent study. The kind of independent study we will expect to see will include –

    • Summary and revision notes for each topic

    • Definitions of keywords for each topic

    • Practise questions for each topic from a variety of Chemistry A-level books

    • Summaries and notes on relevant / interesting research articles from scientific journals and websites 

    We will also expect you to use the doddlelearn website during your independent study. 

    Drop in sessions

    Drop in sessions will run once a week and will offer you the opportunity for one to one or small group tutorials on the areas of the course that you find most difficult. You need to sign in at least 24 hours in advance specifying what topic area(s) you would like to cover in order to attend these sessions.

    Further reading

    To achieve the very best grades students need a deeper understanding of Chemistry to develop this you need to read about each topic in more depth and practise a wide variety of challenging questions. Below are some suggestions of how to extend your knowledge.

    More Detailed text books

    The following text books give extra details on each topic and if you are aiming for the highest grades it is a good idea to look at these three texts in a book shop and purchase the one you think will work best for you.

    Understanding Chemistry for Advanced Level – Nelson Thornes

    Chemistry on Context – Nelson thornes

    Advanced Chemistry - Oxford

    Subscriptions

    New Scientist

    You can also join ChemNet  www.rsc.org/chemnet  It costs £15 for two years and includes a free subscription to Chemistry World (published monthly)  

    Useful Websites

    Supporting AS/A2 Level Chemistry
    Site
    Content
    Web address
    Creative Chemistry
    Worksheets, practical guides, revision notes and interactive molecular models
    Knockhardy Publishing Science Notes
    Notes and PowerPoint presentations
    Chemguide
    Generally helpful pages
    Chemistry in perspective
    Web-based chemistry text book
    Rod’s Pages
    Topic information, laboratory tips and examination tips
    S-Cool
    Topic guides, questions and revision summaries
    General Chemistry Online
    General chemistry resources
    Greener Industry
    For sustainable industry
    RSC Video Clips
    Video clips of chemistry experiments and reactions
    WebElements
    Chemistry information relating to the periodic table
    LearnNet
    Quizzes/questions
    Revision Resources for A Level Chemistry
    Revision
    Timberlake’s Chemistry
    Revision

    Further websites

    www.rsc.org.uk
    www.environment-agency.gov.uk
    www.direct.gov.uk/en/Environmentandgreenerliving/index.htm
    www.ec.europa.eu/environment/index_en.htm
    www.carbontrust.co.uk
    www.nas.nasa.gov
    www.royalsociety.org
    www.bgs.ac.uk
    www.a-levelchemistry.co.uk
    www.chemsheets.co.uk
    www.ciec.org.uk