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A Level Chemistry Distance Learning Course

A Level Chemistry Distance Learning Course

[ UALV04-2015 ]


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Course Description

This distance learning A Level Chemistry course has been designed to the latest specifications. The first available exam dates for this version of the AQA Chemistry A Level are in June 2017.

Chemistry is a subject that can be applied across a number of fields, from medicine to engineering. It is an exciting and wide ranging subject with real world applications that students can relate to. An A Level in chemistry can open up a world of science, and act as a pathway to higher education and future employment in a interesting and important industry.

  • Course Length - 24 Months
  • Award Received - AQA A Level Chemistry
  • Course Code: UALV04-2015

In accordance with the latest specifications, this course has been designed to encourage students to:
  • Develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject
  • Develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
  • Develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
  • Develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills
  • Understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society
  • Use theories, models and ideas to develop scientific explanations
  • Use knowledge and understanding to pose scientific questions, define scientific problems, present scientific arguments and scientific ideas
  • Use appropriate methodology, including information and communication technology (ICT), to answer scientific questions and solve scientific problems
  • Carry out experimental and investigative activities, including appropriate risk management, in a range of contexts
  • Analyse and interpret data to provide evidence, recognising correlations and causal relationships
  • Evaluate methodology, evidence and data, and resolve conflicting evidence
  • Know that scientific knowledge and understanding develops over time
  • Communicate information and ideas in appropriate ways using appropriate terminology
  • Consider applications and implications of science and evaluate their associated benefits and risks
  • Consider ethical issues in the treatment of humans, other organisms and the environment
  • Evaluate the role of the scientific community in validating new knowledge and ensuring integrity
  • Evaluate the ways in which society uses science to inform decision making.

The AQA A Level Chemistry specification is structured into three main topics, assessed across three examinations. This course has been designed to reflect this, and will take students through each topic, as listed below:

Topic 1 - Physical Chemistry
  • 1.1 – Atomic structure
  • 1.2 – Amount of substance
  • 1.3 – Bonding
  • 1.4 - Energetics
  • 1.5 – Kinetics
  • 1.6 – Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc ATP
  • 1.7 – Oxidation, reduction and redox equations
  • 1.8 - Thermodynamics
  • 1.9 - Rate equations
  • 1.10 - Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems
  • 1.11 – Electrode potentials and electromechanical cells
  • 1.12 – Acids and bases

Topic 2 - Inorganic Chemistry
  • 2.1 – Periodicity
  • 2.2 – Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
  • 2.3 – The Halogens
  • 2.4 – Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides
  • 2.5 – Transition metals
  • 2.6 – Reactions of the ions in aqueous solution

Topic 3 - Organic Chemistry
  • 3.1 – Introduction to organic chemistry
  • 3.2 – Alkanes
  • 3.3 – Halogenoalkanes
  • 3.4 - Alkenes
  • 3.5 – Alcohols
  • 3.6 – Organic analysis
  • 3.7 – Optical isomerism
  • 3.8 – Aldehydes & ketones
  • 3.9 – Carboxylic acids and derivatives
  • 3.10 – Aromatic chemistry
  • 3.11 – Amines
  • 3.12 – Polymers
  • 3.13 – Amino acids, proteins and DNA
  • 3.14 – Organic synthesis
  • 3.15 – Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
  • 3.16 – Chromatography

AQA A Level in Chemistry: *AQA Qualification Code: 7405

In order to attain this qualification you must sit three examinations and six practical assessments. 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. Booking exams is the responsibility of the student. Any and all exam fees will be paid by the student directly to their chosen exam centre. Finding an exam centre that will allow private candidates to sit practical exams can be difficult, and students should be prepared to travel. On purchasing the course we will provide students with a list of recommended exam centres.

Paper 1

Assessment details:
  • 35% of A-Level
  • 105 marks
  • Written exam: 2 hours

What is assessed?:
  • Relevant Physical chemistry topics
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Relevant practical skilss

  • 105 marks = A mixture of short and long answer questions

Paper 2

Assessment details:
  • 35% of A-Level
  • 105 marks
  • Written exam: 2 hours

What is assessed?:
  • Relevant Physical chemistry topics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Relevant practical skills

  • 105 marks = A mixture of short and long answer questions

Paper 3

Assessment details:
  • 30% of A-Level
  • 90 marks
  • Written exam: 2 hours

What is assessed?:
  • Any content
  • Any practical skills

  • 40 marks = Questions on practical techniques and data analysis
  • 20 marks = Questions testing across the specification
  • 30 marks = Multiple choice questions

Practical Assessment
Your A Level grade will be based on your written examinations. However, in order to recieve your A Level you must also undergo a separate endorsement of 6 practical skills. These are listed below:

  • 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

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.

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 a registered exam centre, and we can provide an extensive list of centres for you. Please read our FAQs for further information.


Our A Levels come with tutor support for up to 24 months

You will have access to a tutor, via email, who will mark your work and guide you through the course to help you prepare 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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