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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