KS5 Chemistry Course Title: AQA Chemistry Grading: A*-E Course Overview: 1 – Physical chemistry (Year 12) This section investigates the structure of atoms, how they are measured and factors affecting rates and yields of chemical reactions. Students will investigate bonding and the properties of simple structures and the forces between molecules in addition to the significance of energy changes that take place during chemical reactions. 2 – Inorganic chemistry (Year 12) This section investigates trends and properties of elements within the periodic table and provides opportunities to investigate applications for medicine, food production and water purification. 3 – Organic chemistry (Year 12) Organic chemistry is the study of the millions of covalent compounds of the element carbon. Year 1 will investigate nomenclature, reaction mechanisms, crude oil and alcohols in addition to developing techniques in chemical analysis. 4 - Physical chemistry (Year 13) The further study of thermodynamics builds on the Energetics section and is important in understanding the stability of compounds and why chemical reactions occur. Students will also learn how electrochemical cells have very important commercial applications as a portable supply of electricity to power electronic devices such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops. The industrial and biological applications of acids, bases and buffers will also be studied. 5 - Inorganic chemistry (Year 13) The properties of elements in groups I, II and period 3 are studied in greater detail. This section provides opportunities for a wide range of practical investigations. 6 - Organic chemistry (Year 13) This year’s organic chemistry looks in greater depth at functional groups associated with carbon compounds and seeks to explain their reactions. More complex compounds relating to medicine such as proteins and DNA are also studied. External Assessment: AS (to be assessed at the end of year 12) Paper 1: Physical and inorganic chemistry, relevant practical skills 1 hr 30 in the Summer of Y12 (50% AS) 80 marks (65 marks of short and long answer questions, 15 marks of multiple choice questions) Paper 2: Physical and organic chemistry, relevant practical skills 1 hr 30 in the Summer of Y12 (50% AS) 80 marks (65 marks of short and long answer questions, 15 marks of multiple choice questions) A2 (to be assessed at the end of year 13) Paper 1: Physical and inorganic chemistry, relevant practical skills 2 hrs in the Summer of Y13 (35% A Level) 105 marks of short and long answer questions Paper 2: Physical and organic chemistry, relevant practical skills 2 hrs in the Summer of Y13 (35% A Level) 105 marks of short and long answer questions Paper 3: Any content Any practical skills 2hrs in the Summer of Y13 (30% A Level) 40 marks on practical techniques and data analysis, 20 marks testing across the specification, 30 marks of multiple choice questions Internal Assessment: Ongoing written assessments of the course content and also 12 ‘required practicals’ that will assess the students understanding of experimental and investigative skills. Exam Board: AQA
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