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Course Title: AQA Chemistry
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students in Chemistry are assessed against three objectives:
The final examinations will all be taken at the end of Y13 and will consist of three papers which are each 2 hours in length. They will include a mixture of short, long and multiple‐choice style questions.
There is also an ongoing assessment of practical skills which need to be mastered to be awarded the practical endorsement on the final qualification. There are twelve compulsory practicals which the students have to complete during the two years as part of this.
Exam Board: AQA
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