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Chemistry explores the fundamental building blocks of life. This A Level will explore physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry and organic chemistry.
You will study subjects like atomic structure, kinetics, periodicity, organic analysis and chromatography. Studying chemistry prepares you for further education, particularly if you want to work in medicine or become a scientist.
Within the A Level Chemistry you will explore bonding, energetics, kinetics, thermodynamics, the periodic table, amino acids, proteins DNA and organic synthesis.
Upon successful completion of the exam and practical assessments (as administered by CIE) you will have achieved an internationally recognised CIE A-Level Chemistry.
OutlineThis A Level has the following thematic content:
Atoms and forces
Matter is built from atoms interacting and bonding through electrostatic forces. The structure of matter affects its physical and chemical properties, and influences how substances react chemically.
Experiments and evidence
Chemists use evidence gained from observations and experiments to build models and theories of the structure and reactivity of materials.
Patterns in chemical behaviour and reactions
By identifying patterns in chemical behaviour we can predict the properties of substances and how they can be transformed into new substances by chemical reactions. This allows us to design new materials of use to society.
The understanding of how chemical bonds are made and broken by the movement of electrons allows us to predict patterns of reactivity.
The energy changes that take place during chemical reactions can be used to predict both the extent and the rate of such reactions.
1 Atoms, molecules and stoichiometry
2 Atomic structure
3 Chemical bonding
4 States of matter
5 Chemical energetics
8 Reaction kinetics
9 The Periodic Table: chemical periodicity
10 Group 2
11 Group 17
12 An introduction to the chemistry of transition elements
13 Nitrogen and sulfur
Organic chemistry and analysis
14 An introduction to organic chemistry
16 Halogen derivatives
17 Hydroxy compounds
18 Carbonyl compounds
19 Carboxylic acids and derivatives
20 Nitrogen compounds
22 Analytical techniques
23 Organic synthesis
All candidates study practical skills
- Developing an enthusiasm for chemistry
- Gaining holistic understanding of chemistry and all the interrelations
- Understanding of the scientific method, and how science fits in with that and the wider contexts
- Acquire a range of relevant scientific skills including evaluation methodology, evidence and data and resolving conflicting evidence.
- Evaluating the role of the scientific community in validating new knowledge and ensuring integrity
The CIE A-Level Chemistry qualification is gained once all 4 exam papers and the practical exam are successfully completed.
These exams are administered by CIE. As a private candidate you will sit your exams in an exam centre such as a school, college or private tuition centre.
Use the map below there are a huge number of places where you can sit your exams.
UK Exam Centres
In addition, if you select the added tutor support there will be a number of tutor marked assessments (TMAs) to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the content, with the tutor sending comments to guide you through any areas of potential difficulty. This will ensure you are prepared for the final exams.
All e-books contain a range of self-assessments that are indicators that you understand the materials as you work through them. These are for your own information.
The examination structure is:
Paper 1 Multiple Choice 1 hour
This paper consists of 40 multiple choice questions, 30 of the direct choice
type and 10 of the multiple completion type, all with four options. All questions
will be based on the AS Level syllabus content. Candidates will answer all
questions. Candidates will answer on an answer sheet. [40 marks] 15.5% of overall score.
Paper 2 AS Level Structured Questions 1 hour 15 minutes
This paper consists of a variable number of questions of variable mark value.
All questions will be based on the AS Level syllabus content. Candidates will
answer all questions. Candidates will answer on the question paper. [60 marks] 23% of overall score.
Paper 3 Advanced Practical Skills 2 hours
This paper requires candidates to carry out practical work in timed conditions.
Candidates will be expected to collect, record and analyse data so that they can
answer questions related to the activity. The paper will consist of two or three
experiments drawn from different areas of chemistry. Candidates will answer all
questions. Candidates will answer on the question paper. [40 marks] 11.5% of overall score.
Paper 4 A Level Structured Questions 2 hours
This paper consists of a variable number of free response style questions of
variable mark value. All questions will be based on the A Level syllabus but
may require knowledge of material first encountered in the AS Level syllabus.
Candidates will answer all questions. Candidates will answer on the question
paper. [100 marks] 38.5% of overall score.
Paper 5 Planning, Analysis and Evaluation 1 hour 15 minutes
This paper consists of a variable number of questions of variable mark value
based on the practical skills of planning, analysis and evaluation. The context
of the questions may be outside the syllabus content, but candidates will be
assessed on their practical skills of planning, analysis and evaluation rather than
their knowledge of theory. Candidates will answer all questions. Candidates will
answer on the question paper. [30 marks] 11.5% of overall score.
How quickly can I complete the A Level?
You can complete your A Level as quickly or slowly within the two years as you choose. The recommended study time for the content is 360 hours. The exam dates are set by the exam boards and for A Level Chemistry are available in January and May/June each year. This gives you four opportunities to sit the exams over the two years.
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