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A Level


Students are provided with topic workbooks and access to electronic resources for each module.

Year 12

Unit 1:

  • Foundation Chemistry
  • Particles, composition of the nucleus, isotopes and use of mass spectrometer
  • Calculating the amount of substance
  • Ionic, covalent and metallic bonding and intermolecular forces
  • The construction of the periodic table
  • Organic chemistry
  • Alkanes from crude oil.

Unit 2:

  • Chemistry in Action
  • Collision theory and effect
  • Definitions of oxidation and reduction
  • Redox properties of halogens and halideions
  • The extraction of Metals
  • Haloalkanes and alkenes

Unit 3: Practical EMPA

Year 13

Unit 4:

  • Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry
  • Kinetic and equilibria
  • Acids, bases and buffer solutions and the changes in pH during titrations
  • Organic compounds containing the carbonyl group, aromatic compounds, amines, amino acids and polymers.
  • Spectroscopic techniques

Unit 5:

  • Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry
  • Thermodynamics
  • Periodicity
  • Redox equilibria
  • Transition metals
  • Reactions of inorganic compounds in aqueous solution

Unit 6: Practical EMPA

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Assessment information

The AQA website has a variety of resources including access to past papers and mark-schemes and revision support material.