A Level Chemistry EdExcel Entry Requirements
Although the A Level Chemistry EdExcel programmes build on the course content of GCSE, it is not necessary to have this qualification before undertaking an A-Level. However, in order to meet the demands of the course, it is recommended that candidates have literacy and communication skills equivalent to C or higher at GCSE. Please note that full tutor support is still provided throughout your course duration.
All students must be 16 years of age or above.
A Level Chemistry EdExcel Course Duration
Study Hours Required
Approximately 350 hours.
Edexcel A Levels are available for study anywhere in the world. Examinations can be taken at any registered examination centre in the world. It is recommended students check with examining centres that the chosen exam is available.
Students are required to arrange and pay for their A Level Chemistry EdExcel examinations and manage the course work element if the subject requires this. Students must check the relevant examination board website for further information and final examination sitting dates for the specification.
All examinations are held during the May / June exam period of every year.
A Level Chemistry EdExcel Course Content
The full A-Level consists of nineteen different units.
A Level Chemistry EdExcel Selected Unit Summaries
Atomic Structure & Periodic Table – The course starts with a look at the atom, the building blocks of chemistry. We discover the subatomic particles that make up an atom and look at how mass spectrometry is used to determine molecular masses.
Bonding & Structure – This unit develops on understanding atomic structure and looks more at molecules and the types of bonding witnessed in different types of molecule. Previous study of ions is developed and we explore radii and other physical properties and the effects these have on the behaviour of atoms and ions.
Redox I – This unit is concerned with balancing equations and how the concept of oxidation numbers can provide a very efficient tool in this area.
Inorganic Chemistry and the Periodic Table – A more detailed look at some of the groups of the periodic table. Discover the elements of group 1 and 2 as well as the halogen gases of group 7. Learn more about these groups and how their physical properties decide their external characteristics.
Formulae, Equations and Amounts of Substance– Discover the concept of the “mole” and meet Avogadro’s constant, as well as calculating reacting masses and volumes and identifying both empirical and molecular formulae.
Organic Chemistry – There are three units relating to organic chemistry; that is, chemistry relating to compounds containing carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen. The first of these topics provides an introduction to the discipline and starts to introduce key homologous series, including the alkanes and alkenes. The Second organic topic introduces important functional groups including the carbonyls and carboxylic acids and discusses the concept of chirality. The third and final organic chemistry topic develops this understanding further and introduces further organic species including the arenes and aromatic rings as well as the nitrogen-containing organic series.
Modern Analytical Techniques – The two units covering modern analytical techniques describe the key, cutting edge methods being employed in chemical analysis. Starting in the first topic with Mass spectrometry and IR spectroscopy before, later in the course, expanding on mass spectrometry and then introducing nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and chromatography.
Energetics – the units on energetics learn to use Hess’s law to calculate otherwise immeasurable energy changes in chemical reactions as well as discovering bon enthalpies, before being introduced to lattice energies and the concept of entropy and how scientists use this idea of “chaos” and “order” to answer important questions about chemical stability.
Kinetics – The kinetics units in the A-Level course show the student how the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution and collision theory are key in the creation of models in chemistry and how they account for the different effects that changing variables can have on the rate of a reaction. The later topic in this area explores the effects of catalysts on rates of reaction and introduces the mathematical expressions that describe rates of reaction.
Equilibria – In this unit, discover the fact that many chemical reactions are completely reversible and the idea of dynamic equilibrium. Students will also learn how changing variables like temperature, concentration or pressure can affect the position of a reaction’s equilibrium. The equilibrium units continue to look at the maths behind equilibria, introducing Kp and Kc calculations as well as the equilibrium constant.
A Level Chemistry EdExcel Assessment
The whole A-Level course is assessed in three exams: –
Paper 1: Advanced Inorganic & Physical Chemistry 9CH0/01 90 marks – 1 hour 45 minutes – 30% of total qualification Question types: multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions.
- Unit 1 Atomic Structure & the Periodic Table
- Unit 2 Bonding & Structure
- Unit 3 Redox I
- Unit 4 Inorganic Chemistry & the Periodic Table
- Unit 5 Formulae, Equations & Amounts of Substance
- Unit 8 Energetics I
- Unit 10 Equilibrium I
- Unit 11 Equilibrium II
- Unit 12 Acid-Base Equilibria
- Unit 13 Energetics II
- Unit 14 Redox II
- Unit 15 Transition Metals
Paper 2: Advanced Organic & Physical Chemistry 9CH0/02 90 marks – 1 hour 45 minutes – 30% of total qualification Question types: multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions.
- Unit 2 Bonding & Structure
- Unit 3 Redox I
- Unit 5 Formulae, Equations & Amounts of Substance Topic 4: Exchange and Transport
- Unit 6 Organic Chemistry I
- Unit 7 Modern Analytical Techniques I
- Unit 9 Kinetics I
- Unit 16 Kinetics II
- Unit 17 Organic Chemistry II
- Unit 18 Organic Chemistry III
- Unit 19 Modern Analytical Techniques II
Paper 3: General and Practical Principles in Chemistry: 9CH0/03 120 marks – 2 hours 30 minutes – 40% of total qualification Question types: Multiple-choice, short open questions, open-response, calculations and extended writing questions as well as synoptic questions which can draw on a number of units and encourage you to apply your knowledge to unfamiliar problems.
Units examined: This particular exam may draw from any of the modules in the course
Practical Endorsement : 9CH0/04 The new A-Level gives students the opportunity to try out various techniques and apparatus in the practical investigation of biological concepts.
Throughout the course there are 16 core practical’s of which at least 12 must be completed and successfully assessed in order to receive the practical endorsement, a measure of competency in practical skills. The A-Level can now be reported as a “Grade with practical endorsement” or a “Grade without practical endorsement.”
This part of the course DOES NOT impact on the final A-Level grade, but omitting this element may lead to being rejected by universities – students will have to check with their chosen or desired universities the ramifications of an A-Level without practical endorsement.
A Level Chemistry EdExcel Qualification
Title of this qualification as will appear on certificates is the Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Chemistry (Specification number: 9CH0)
All the exams must be taken and passed to achieve the full A-Level qualification The AS-level title as will appear on certificates is the Edexcel Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Chemistry (Specification number: 8CH0).
CGP Revision Guide – New 2015 A-Level Chemistry: Edexcel Year 1 & 2 Complete Revision & Practice with Online Edition – Due for release in September 2015, ISBN currently unavailable.
CGP Revision Guide – New 2015 A-Level Chemistry: Edexcel Year 1 & AS Complete Revision & Practice with Online Edition – Due for release in September 2015, ISBN currently unavailable. AS Only
Curtis, Cliff – Edexcel AS/A Level Chemistry Student Book 1 + Activebook (Edexcel A Level Science (2015)) – Pearson 2015 – ISBN: 978-1447991168 AS Textbook
Curtis, Cliff – Edexcel A Level Biology B Student Book 2 + Activebook (Edexcel A Level Science (2015)) – Due for release by Pearson in October 2015 – ISBN: 978-1447991175 A2 Textbook
Our A Level Chemistry EdExcel programmes are eligible for UCAS points, making them a great choice for students aiming to progress to University. UCAS points are awarded according to the grade earned, please see below for details.
A levels are also widely recognised by employers and are useful for students looking to progress their careers or meet requirements for promotion.
UCAS Points Table
A* = 56
A = 48
B = 40
C = 32
D = 24
E = 16