Module 1 – Development of practical skills
Module 2 – Foundations of chemistry e.g. atoms, amount, redox and structure & bonding
Module 3 – Periodic Table and energy
Module 4 - Core organic chemistry e.g. hydrocarbons, isomerism and infra-red spectroscopy
Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements
Module 6 - Organic chemistry and analysis, e.g. carbonyls and nuclear magnetic resonance
Papers will incorporate multiple-choice questions, short answer question styles (structured questions, problem solving, calculations, practical) and extended response questions.
• Paper 1 Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (37%)
(assesses modules 1, 2, 3 and 5)
• Paper 2 Synthesis and analytical techniques (37%)
(assesses modules 1, 2, 4 and 6)
• Paper 3 Unified chemistry (26%)
(assesses all modules)
• Practical endorsement – students achieve a pass or fail. This is independent of their final grade but is recorded on their exam certificate. To achieve a pass, students have to successfully carry out 12 specified practical experiments including a formal write-up.
At least a Grade 7 in each of the Science GCSEs if taking Trilogy Science or at least a Grade 7 in Chemistry GCSE. In addition, at least a Grade 7 in Mathematics is required.
It is highly recommended that students who wish to take Chemistry at A Level are also taking Mathematics at A Level. For those not taking Mathematics, whose mathematical skills require improvement, attendance at additional Mathematics for Scientists sessions will be compulsory.