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Key Stage 4

The course provides an introduction to the basic principles and techniques used by the chemist, and uses them to link laboratory work to the chemistry of everyday life.

Course Aims

The aim of the course is to provide an appropriate body of knowledge and skills for students who will not study the subject beyond this stage as well as for those who will continue their study of Chemistry to Advanced Level and beyond. Students will be encouraged to apply their knowledge to unfamiliar situations and helped to develop the ability to interpret, organise and evaluate data in order to solve problems. The importance of the social, economic, environmental and technological aspects of Chemistry will be stressed. Development of practical skills is an integral part of the course, as is the ability to design experiments to solve particular problems and to draw conclusions and make generalisations from results when appropriate.

Study topics

The GCSE syllabus is split up into ten topics as follows:

Topic 1: Atomic structure and the Periodic Table
Topic 2: Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
Topic 3: Quantitative chemistry
Topic 4: Chemical changes
Topic 5: Energy changes
Topic 6: The rate and extent of chemical change
Topic 7: Organic chemistry
Topic 8: Chemical analysis
Topic 9: Chemistry and the atmosphere
Topic 10: Using resources

Assessment

Paper Material assessed
Duration
Weighting
Paper 1 Topics 1-5
1 hr 45 mins
50%
Paper 2 Topics 6-10
1 hr 45 mins
50%

Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding structure and the properties of matter and
Quantitative chemistry are key concepts in the specification. These topics are important
principles in chemistry and may be assessed in both papers.

Key Stage 5

Course Aims

The aims and objectives of the Chemistry Department through A-level teaching are to enable students to develop:

  • essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other;
  • a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods;
  • competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills;
  • their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study in Chemistry and careers associated with the subject, for example, Chemical Engineering, Medicine and Veterinary Science;
  • an understanding of how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

Study Topics

The A-level qualification is divided up into 19 study topics as follows:

Topic 1: Atomic structure and the Periodic Table
Topic 2: Bonding and Structure
Topic 3: Redox 1
Topic 4: Inorganic Chemistry and the Periodic Table
Topic 5: Formulae, Equations and Amounts of Substance
Topic 6: Organic Chemistry 1
Topic 7: Modern Analytical Techniques 1
Topic 8: Energetics 1
Topic 9: Kinetics 1

  Topic 10: Equilibrium 1
Topic 11: Equilibrium 2
Topic 12: Acid-base Equilibria
Topic 13: Energetics 2
Topic 14: Redox 2
Topic 15: Transition Metals
Topic 16: Kinetics 2
Topic 17: Organic Chemistry 2
Topic 18: Organic Chemistry 3
Topic 19: Modern Analytical Techniques 2

Topics will not be taught strictly in this order but will be arranged for efficiency of teaching and effectiveness of learning.

Assessment

The A-level will be assessed by three examinations taken in May / June of Year 13

    Duration Weighting
Paper 1
Advanced Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
The paper may include multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculations and
extended writing questions on the Inorganic and Physical Chemistry topics.
1h45
30%
Paper 2
Advanced Organic and Physical Chemistry
The paper may include multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculations and
extended writing questions on the Organic and Physical Chemistry topics.
1h45
30%
Paper 3
General and Practical Principles in Chemistry
The paper may include multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculations and
extended writing questions.
Some questions will assess conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods.
2h30
40%

During the course there is an emphasis on the accumulation of practical skills and on a student’s ability to link observation and measurement to theory. Elements of practical concepts are examined in paper 3.

Additionally, there is a free-standing assessment of practical skills assessed by CGS staff across a minimum of 12 core experiments. Teachers’ assessments will be moderated by Edexcel. This is a pass/fail qualification which does not contribute to the A-level grade but will appear on the A-level certificate if the candidate has passed.