This qualification allows clear progression to further study by giving students the knowledge and skills required at university for subjects such as chemistry, medicine or chemical engineering.
The specification is split into three areas: Physical, Organic and Inorganic chemistry, mirroring the way that universities often split the content.
Students must carry out 10 required practical activities in the course. The practicals are not constrained, allowing each school to choose resources and equipment that best suit their circumstances.
Practicals in this specification include investigating enthalpy changes, making products and testing for different functional groups. Exam questions will be asked on the practicals, but there is no coursework or practical exam.
A range of question styles are used. Extended calculation questions allow students to demonstrate both their maths skills and logical thinking. Extended writing questions allow students to demonstrate the depth of their knowledge. In addition, multiple choice questions are included at the end of the papers, allowing students to manage their time.
This qualification is available for teaching now in Bahrain, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.
Unit 1: Inorganic 1 and Physical 1 (AS)
Unit 2: Organic 1 and Physical 1 (AS)
Unit 3: Inorganic 2 and Physical 2 (A2)
Unit 4: Organic 2 and Physical 2 (A2)
Unit 5: Practical and synoptic (A2)
- Candidates may re-sit a unit any number of times.
- The best result for each unit will count towards the final qualification.
- Atomic structure
- Amount of substance
- Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier's principle and Kc
- Oxidation, reduction and redox equations
- Thermodynamics (A-level only)
- Rate equations (A-level only)
- Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems (A-level only)
- Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells (A-level only)
- Acids and bases (A-level only)
- Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
- Group 7(17), the halogens
- Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides
- Transition metals (A-level only)
- Reactions of ions in aqueous solution (A-level only)
- Introduction to organic chemistry
- Organic analysis
- Optical isomerism (A-level only)
- Aldehydes and ketones (A-level only)
- Carboxylic acids and derivatives (A-level only)
- Aromatic chemistry (A-level only)
- Amines (A-level only)
- Polymers (A-level only)
- Amino acids and proteins (A-level only)
- Organic synthesis (A-level only)
- Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (A-level only)
- Chromatography (A-level only)
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