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A2 LEVEL CHEMISTRY

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Course Code
LA00004
Location
Yale
Duration
Full Time, The AS content is taught in the first year of study.
The A2 content is taught in the second year of study.
Department
A Levels
Start Date
04 Sep 2024
End Date
20 Jun 2025
Course Overview
Chemistry is concerned with the study of materials, their properties, reactions and uses. All students studying Chemistry at Coleg Cambria are encouraged to develop personal and organisational skills through their learning and to aspire to achieve their academic potential.

There is a large practical element of the course and the theory and practical work are well integrated. Students experience working independently and as part of a group through both. Our Chemistry students also enjoy taking part in related experiences such as the Royal Society of Chemistry Young Analyst heats, Chemnet quiz, spectroscopy workshops, university master classes and the Pennant Science and Maths Society.

Upon completion of the course, students will have gained confidence in interacting with others, will be able to reason logically and will have gained valuable practice of investigative methods and safety when working under laboratory conditions.

The AS/A Level Chemistry course follows the WJEC specification and builds upon the topics covered at GCSE. The AS Level consists of two units which are examined at the end of the first year. An additional three units are studied by those students who wish to achieve a full A Level qualification in the second year of the course. One of the second year units involves a practical examination. A brief overview of the course content is given below.

UNIT 1: The language of Chemistry, structure of matter and chemical reactivity. Formulae and equations, atomic structure, calculations, bonding, solid structures, classification of the elements in the Periodic Table, equilibria and acid-base reactions.

UNIT 2: Energy, rate of reaction and the chemistry of carbon compounds. Thermochemical and kinetic analysis, the wider impact of chemistry in society, organic compounds including hydrocarbons, halogenoalkanes, alcohols and carboxylic acids, instrumental methods of analysis.

UNIT 3: Physical and Inorganic Chemistry. Redox and standard electrode potential, p-block and d-block chemistry, enthalpy changes, entropy and the feasibility of reactions, equilibrium constants, acid-base equilibria.

UNIT 4: Organic Chemistry and analysis. Stereoisomerism, aromaticity, alcohols and phenols, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, amines, amino acids, peptides and proteins, organic synthesis and analysis.

Unit 5 – Practical Chemistry unit:-in addition to the specified practical exercises set by WJEC you will undertake a wide range of practical work to support theory units. Students are required to maintain an organised file of their laboratory work in preparation for assessment in this unit.
Units 1 and 2 are both assessed through a 1½ hour written paper with questions which will relate to practical experience. Both units will contribute equally to the AS qualification and combined will form 40% of the full A level qualification.

Units 3 and 4 are both assessed through a 1¾ hour written paper. Both units combined will form 50% of the full A level qualification.
In the papers for Units 1-4 there will be questions based on specified practical work undertaken throughout the course.

Unit 5: This consists of two tests which are marked externally by the WJEC; an Experimental Task and a Data Analysis Task. Both of these are set in the early summer term of the A2 year.

There will be internal mock examinations on published dates to provide realistic experience of examination conditions and practice.
5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including English Language / Welsh (1st Language) and meet the following criteria:

– GCSE Maths at grade B/6 or above on higher tier..
– GCSE Science at grade B/6 or above on higher tier in the science you wish to study

*Students are recommended to take A-level Chemistry alongside A-level Maths and/or other Science subjects.

At Coleg Cambria we would encourage you to do the very best that you can in your exams. The better your grades the more options you will have, and may result in you gaining entry onto a higher level course.
A Level Chemistry is accepted as a recognised academic qualification for entrance to all Higher Education institutions and provides essential support for degree courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy, Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Sciences.
Some courses may require equipment and/or uniforms to be purchased. Please see attached equipment list for further information.
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