A-Level Chemistry AQA – E-Book

A-Level Chemistry AQA – E-Book

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Studying chemistry is a great introduction to all science and provides a powerful understanding of how the world is made up. Chemistry is literally the study of matter, how it changes, its composition as well as its structure and properties.

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A Level Online Chemistry Course

The first time the full A Level exams can be taken is June 2017, the AS exams can be taken from June 2016.

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A Level Chemistry

Course code: 7405

Delivery method: Online and Paper Based

Course duration: 24 Months

Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed

Award achieved: AQA A Level Chemistry

Awarding body: AQA

The first time the full A Level exams can be taken is June 2017, the AS exams can be taken from June 2016. 

Chemistry explores the fundamental building blocks of life. This course 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.

This is the E-book version of the course with the full course content and quizzes, but without tutor support or Tutor Marked Assessment (TMA) marking. If you would like to add tutor support onto your course, please contact us as this can be added on for just £35 per course if you are already a student with us.

A Level Chemistry online course

Chemistry course overview

During this A-Level Chemistry course 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 AQA) you will have achieved an internationally recognised AQA A-Level Chemistry.

Skills gained

  • 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

Course outline

This course is divided into 3 units:

Unit 1: Relevant physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, relevant practical skills.

Written examination: 2 hours. 35% of A Level. 105 Marks (A mixture of short and long answer questions)

Unit 2: Relevant physical chemistry, organic chemistry, relevant practical skills.

Written examination: 2 hours. 35% of A Level. 105 Marks (A mixture of short and long answer questions)

Unit 3: Any content, relevant practical skills.

Written examination: 2 hours. 30% of A Level. 90 Marks (40 marks = questions on practical techniques and data analysis, 20 marks = questions testing across specification, 30 marks = multiple choice questions)

Practical Assessment

Your A-Level grade will be based on written examinations. However, to pass you must undergo an assessment of practical skills. These are:

  • Make up a volumetric solution and carry out a simple acid–base titration
  • Measurement of an enthalpy change
  • Investigation of how the rate of a reaction changes with temperature
  • Carry out simple test-tube reactions to identify:
    *cations – Group 2, NH4+
    *anions – Group 7 (halide ions), OH–, CO3 2–, SO4 2–
  • Distillation of a product from a reaction
  • Tests for alcohol, aldehyde, alkene and carboxylic acid

Course content

Topic 1: Physical Chemistry

Module 1: Atomic structure

Module 2: Amount of substance

Module 3: Bonding

Module 4: Energetics

Module 5: Kinetics

Module 6: Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc ATP

Module 7: Oxidation, reduction and redox equations

Module 8: Thermodynamics

Module 9: Rate equations

Module 10: Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems

Module 11: Electrode potentials and electromechanical cells

Module 12: Acids and bases

Topic 2: Inorganic Chemistry

Module 1: Periodicity

Module 2: Group 2, the alkaline earth metals

Module 3: The Halogens

Module 4: Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides

Module 5: Transition metals

Module 6: Reactions of the ions in aqueous solution

Topic 3: Organic Chemistry

Module 1: Introduction to organic chemistry

Module 2: Alkanes

Module 3: Halogenoalkanes

Module 4: Alkenes

Module 5: Alcohols

Module 6: Organic analysis

Module 7: Optical isomerism

Module 8: Aldehydes & ketones

Module 9: Carboxylic acids and derivatives

Module 10: Aromatic chemistry

Module 11: Amines

Module 12: Polymers

Module 13: Amino acids, proteins and DNA

Module 14: Organic synthesis

Module 15: Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

Module 16: Chromatography


The AQA A-Level Chemistry qualification is gained once all 3 exam papers are successfully completed and six practical assessments. These exams are administered by the AQA and assessment centre details will be included with your course, as well as practice papers so that you are more than prepared for your assessments. You will need to contact your local examination centre to work through your coursework requirements.

The practicals are not marked, but you will need to be observed by an examination centre to demonstrate competence in the different techniques. The practicals are usually held in Spring of each year, while the written exams are in May/June.

Method of study

Online and Paper Based

The course is primarily an online course using a Learning Management System (LMS).

You can also choose to have a paper version of the course sent to you.

The online course has many features that cannot be printed such as embedded videos, forums and interactive tests.

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