1Course Overview

A Level Chemistry

Course code: OSC1281

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  • Official AQA Chemistry A Level
  • Full Course Materials
  • Full Tutor Support
  • Study at your own pace
  • Exam fees not included - to include exams see our A Level Chemistry inc Exams

Study A Level Chemistry from home – your route to academic success!

This new A Level course has been updated to meet the latest academic specifications, so you can feel confident you are studying the most up-to-date academic content.

On this course, you will be able to:

  • Gain up to 56 UCAS points to help you land your dream place at university
  • Study at your own pace with no strict deadlines to contend with
  • Develop both the theoretical and practical knowledge of chemistry
  • Carry out experiments and investigate activities in a range of contexts
  • Open doors to a variety of exciting careers, from medicine to engineering, you’ll gain invaluable skills to fast-track your career in a field of your choice

Studying A Levels with us lets you choose when you take your exams, so that you are always fully prepared. A convenient and stress-free way to study that fits around your existing commitments. You will be responsible for booking your exams.

Simply receive your course materials online or by post and start studying to gain that all-important A Level.

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2Course Content

Course Content

AQA Qualification Code: 7405

Topic 1: Physical Chemistry
  • Amount of substance
  • Bonding
  • Energetics
  • Kinetics
  • Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc ATP
  • Oxidation, reduction and redox equations
  • Thermodynamics
  • Rate equations
  • Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems
  • Electrode potentials and electromechanical cells
  • Acids and bases
Topic 2: Inorganic Chemistry
  • Periodicity
  • Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
  • The Halogens
  • Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides
  • Transition metals
  • Reactions of the ions in aqueous solution
Topic 3: Organic Chemistry
  • Introduction to organic chemistry
  • Alkanes
  • Halogenoalkanes
  • Alkenes
  • Alcohols
  • Organic analysis
  • Optical isomerism
  • Aldehydes & ketones
  • Carboxylic acids and derivatives
  • Aromatic chemistry
  • Amines
  • Polymers
  • Amino acids, proteins and DNA
  • Organic synthesis
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
  • Chromatography
3Other Information
Assessment

To achieve the full Chemistry A Level you must take the exams and practical assessments.  All topics will be assessed by 3 paper-based examinations. A more detailed breakdown of the exams is provided below:

  • Paper 1:
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Weighing: 35% of A Level
  • Total Marks: 105
  • Assessed: Relevant physical chemistry topics, inorganic chemistry and relevant practical skills
  • Assessment format: A mixture of short and long answer questions

 

  • Paper 2:
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Weighing: 35% of A Level
  • Total Marks: 105
  • Assessed: Relevant physical chemistry topics, organic chemistry and relevant practical skills
  • Assessment format: A mixture of short and long answer questions

 

  • Paper 3:
  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Weighing: 30% of A Level
  • Total Marks: 90
  • Assessed: Any content and practical skills
  • Assessment format: Questions on practical techniques and data analysis (40 marks), questions testing the specification (20 marks) multiple choice questions (30 marks)

 

Practical Assessment

To receive the full Chemistry A Level, you must take the A Level exams and undergo a practical assessment of 12 practical skills.

To include exams see our A Level Chemistry inc Exams

To include exams and practical assessments see our A Level Chemistry inc Exams & Practical

Course Duration

You will have 2 years to complete the full A Level from the date you receive your materials. You will be able to study at your own pace and in your own time without the pressure of tight deadlines.

Study Method

This course enables you to study for an A Level in Chemistry by distance learning at home or at work. Your course materials will be sent by post or via email, you choose! Full tutor support will be available via email, so help is only a click away! Your course pack will include self-assessment exercises and tutor-marked study questions, so you can monitor your progress.

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of the examinations you will receive the AQA accredited A Level in Chemistry These subject-based qualifications that can lead to university, further study, training, or work.

It is possible for students to receive an A Level Chemistry qualification without completing the practical assessment, although your certificate will state you have not done so and it may seriously harm your chances of securing a place at university or getting a job. On your written exams 15% of marks rely on having some knowledge of these practical skills. Therefore we strongly advise you to take your practical assessments.

4Q&As

Course Questions & Answers

Is this the same qualification as an A Level from a school or college?

Yes! You study the same coursework, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is designed to be studied from home, and you receive full tutor support via email.

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

Students will need a minimum of GCSE grade C or above in Chemistry. You are also required to have a grade C or above in the higher tier Mathematics GCSE as up to 10% of the marks awarded in this course will be related to mathematical principles. You should also be familiar with the following:

  • Arithmetic and computation
  • Handling data
  • Algebra
  • Graphs
  • Geometry

You will also have an understanding of the following terms; molecule, ion, compound element, isomer, isotope, oxidation, bond, reduction, hydrolysis, condensation and wavelength.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Accreditation
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • FREE NUS Extra card
  • *Comprehensive student guide
  • *Exclusive Open Study College pen with highlighter
  • *Student study planner
  • *Student notebook

* Not included with the online study option

Is there a required reading list?

There is no required reading for this A Level. However you will need to conduct your own research using the internet.

Do I have to sit an exam?

Yes, you will need to take the standard A Level examinations and practical assessments in order to fully complete this course. You will be required to book these examinations yourself, and Open Study College can provide you with a list of examination centres for you. The examinations run on specific dates which can be obtained by visiting the AQA website. The costs of the examination can vary depending on which examination centre you choose.

Students will also need to find a centre for the practical elements of this course. We have an arrangements with centres in Birmingham and Bristol which will allow students to take practical and theoretical exams, but you may wish to find a local centre of your own choice. Students will need to contact their chosen centre directly to arrange these assessments. You can find further information on the Birmingham centre here and the Bristol centre here.

Are there any additional costs?

For this particular course you will be responsible for booking your exams. Examination centres charge a substantial fee to take your exams and practical assessments, which is why we thoroughly recommend you conduct further research into this before enrolling. Alternatively see our A Level Chemistry inc Exams and A Level Chemistry inc Exams and Practical.

What if I live outside the UK?

You are still able to study this A Level course but must take the examinations within the UK as this is the only guaranteed way to access examination centres.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

We offer a course replacement service which ensures that, if your course pack is lost or damaged throughout the duration of your studies, we can issue you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee. This is available by calling our Student Support team on 03300 563100.

What do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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