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A Level Chemistry

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About this course
  • Course Length - 24 Months
  • Award Received - AQA A Level Chemisrty
  • Course Code: ALV04
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£360.00

About this course

With this distance learning course, you can study the challenging and rewarding subject of A-Level Chemistry at home. Through this course, you will gain a valuable understanding of core topics, including: Foundation Chemistry; Chemistry in Action; Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry; and Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry. Students are also provided with the theoretical basis to carry out their practical skills assessments.

With your tutor on hand to guide you every step of the way, this home study course provides a solid understanding of chemistry in order to prepare candidates for A-Level examination in this most demanding and well-respected of A-Level subjects.    

NOTE: Due to government changes in some A Level specifications, the final exam date for this course is June 2016. We will be offering new A Levels for most subjects, which should all be available by August/September 2015, with the first round of exams in 2017. To see the new A Level courses we currently have available click here.

Course Description

This specification is designed to encourage candidates to:

  • gain data analysis skills
  • appreciate how science works and its relevance beyond the laboratory
  • develop an enthusiasm for Chemistry
  • study Chemistry in a contemporary context
Course Content

On this course you will study six units:

AS Level

Unit 1: CHEM1 - Foundation Chemistry

Examination paper: 1 hour 15 minutes

Unit 2: CHEM2 - Chemistry in Action

Examination paper: 1 hour 45 minutes

Unit 3: CHEM3 - Internal Assessment - Investigative and practical skills

A practical skills assessment conducted at an examination centre

A2 Level

Unit 4: CHEM4 - Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry

Examination paper: 1 hour 45 minutes

Unit 5: CHEM5 -  Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry

Examination paper: 1 hour 45 minutes

Unit 6: CHEM6 - Internal Assessment - Investigative and practical skills

A practical skills assessment conducted at an examination centre

For further details visit

http://web.aqa.org.uk/qual/gce/science/chemistry-materials.php

Course Content

AS Level

Unit 1 - CHEM1 -  Foundation Chemistry

Topics

1.1 - Atomic Structure

1.2 - Amount of Substance

1.3 - Bonding

1.4 - Periodicity

1.5 - Introduction to Organic Chemistry

1.6 - Alkanes

Unit 2 - CHEM2 - Chemistry in Action

Topics

2.1 - Energetics

2.2 - Kinetics

2.3 - Equilibria

2.4 - Redox Reactions

2.5 - Group 7, the Halogens

2.6 - Group 2, the Alkaline Earth Metals

2.7 - Extraction of Metals

2.8 - Haloalkanes

2.9 - Alkenes

2.10 - Alcohols

2.11 - Analytical Techniques

Unit 3 - Investigative and Practical Skills

Topics

In the course of their experimental work, candidates should learn to:

·         Demonstrate and describe ethical, safe and skilful practical techniques

·         Process and select appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods

·         Make, record and communicate reliable and valid observations

·         Make measurements with appropriate precision and accuracy

·         Analyse, interpret, explain and evaluate the methodology, results and impact of their own and others experimental and investigative activities in a variety of ways

Note that you will need to contact your examination centre to discuss the practical work and the route you will take. Also note your tutor has no involvement in this stage.

 Unit 4 - CHEM4 - Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry

Topics

4.1 - Kinetics

4.2 - Equilibria

4.3 - Acids and Bases

4.4 - Nomenclature and Isomerism in Organic Chemistry

4.5 - Compounds Containing the Carbonyl Group

4.6 - Aromatic Chemistry

4.7 - Amines

4.8 - Amino Acids

4.9 - Polymers

4.10 - Organic Synthesis and Analysis

4.11 - Structure Determination

Unit 5 - CHEM5 -  Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry

Topics

5.1 - Thermodynamics

5.2 - Periodicity

5.3 - Redox Equilibria

5.4 - Transition Metals

5.5 - Reactions of Inorganic Compounds in Aqueous Solutions

Unit 6 - Investigative and Practical Skills in A2 Biology

Topics

In the course of their experimental work, candidates should learn to:

 ·            Demonstrate and describe ethical, safe and skilful practical techniques

·             Process and select appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods

·             Make, record and communicate reliable and valid observations

·             Make measurements with appropriate precision and accuracy

·              Analyse, interpret, explain and evaluate the methodology, results and impact of their own and others experimental and investigative activities in a variety of ways

Note that you will need to contact your examination centre to discuss the practical work and the route you will take. Also note your tutor has no involvement in this stage.

How Science Works

An understanding of How Science Works is a requirement.  How Science Works is an underpinning set of concepts and is the means whereby students come to understand how scientists investigate scientific phenomena in their attempts to explain the world about us. Moreover, How Science Works recognises the contribution scientists have made to their own disciplines and to the wider world.

Recommended reading

AQA Chemistry AS: Student Book, Ted Lister and Janet Renshaw, Nelson Thornes, ISBN: 9780748782802

AQA Chemistry A2: Student Book, Ted Lister and Janet Renshaw, Nelson Thornes, ISBN: 9780748782796

Qualification Information

AS +A2 = A level in Chemistry. Both AS and A2 level courses and examinations must be successfully completed to gain a full A level.

AS certification 1420

Method Of Study

Paper Based Version

The course comes to you as a paper-based pack delivered by courier

You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments

Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor

Online Version

Our online A-Level courses are fully digitised so you can study on any smart device. Your learning programme is completely flexible so you can study at a pace that suits you. All our content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective.

Your course of study is broken down into units and sections, each of which contains lessons, activities and test papers.

Courses are delivered on our Moodle based Digital Learning Environment CloudPort allowing you to study from anywhere on any smart device as long as you have access to the Internet.

The course concludes by preparing you for examination using past papers in your chosen subject.

Method of Assessment

The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs). You need only send the TMAs to your tutor for comment, not the self-assessment exercises which are also part of the course to help you gauge your progress.

Exams are taken at an AQA centre and we can provide an extensive list of centres for you. Please read our FAQs for further information

Course Length Information

Our A Levels come with tutor support for up to 24 months and for this course support expires in June 2016 due to syllabus changes brought in by the Government.s.

Tutor Support

You will have access to a tutor, via email, who will mark your work and guide you through the course to help you be ready for your examinations. In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.

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