Chemistry

The Chemistry department at King Edwards VI Aston School aims to inspire and enthuse its students in the study of Chemistry. To do this the department gives a large focus on the practical side of Chemistry along with trying to encourage students to think deeply about and understand the underlying principles and big ideas of Chemistry as a science.

Staff Names and Roles:

Mr R. Giubertoni – Subject Leader for Chemistry
Mr S. Hall – Teacher of Chemistry
Dr R. Shahid – Teacher of Chemistry
Mr D. Evans – Chemistry Technician

Useful Websites to support your son’s learning

 

Course information

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GCSE YEAR 10&11

Specification and Topics covered at GCSE

Exam Board: Year 10 AQA GCSE Chemistry

Topics: 

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Electrolysis
  • Energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources
  • Key ideas
How will your son be assessed at GCSE?

Internally through 3 common assessment tasks a year. Externally, two one hour 45 minute examinations to be taken in the summer of year 11

How could you support your son to learn during year 10&11?

Many Students find the use of an additional revision guide for their subject to be very useful. The most popular ones are published by CGP.

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A LEVEL YEAR 12&13

Specification and Topics covered at GCSE

Exam Board:AQA Chemistry Specification

Topics for As: 

  • Atomic structure
  • Amount of substance
  • Bonding
  • Introduction to organic chemistry
  • Alkanes
  • Halogenoalkanes
  • Alkenes
  • Oxidation reduction and redox equations
  • Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
  • Group 7(17), the halogens
  • Energetics
  • Kinetics
  • Chemical equilibria and Le
  • Chatelier’s principle and Kc
  • Alcohols
  • Organic analysis
  • Periodicity

Topics for A2: 

  • Thermodynamics
  • Rate equations
  • Optical isomerism
  • Aldehydes and ketones
  • Carboxylic acids and derivatives
  • Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems
  • Acids and Bases
  • Aromatic chemistry
  • Amines
  • Polymers
  • Amino acids, proteins and DNA
  • Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells
  • Transition metals
  • Reactions of ions in aqueous Solution
  • Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
  • Chromatography
  • Organic synthesis

 

How will your son be assessed at A level?

Internal assessment in year 12 will take the form of 3 common assessment task given across the year followed by internal examination at the end of the year.

Year 13 will see three common assessment tasks for the students before sitting their examination board examinations in the summer. There are three examinations, each two hours in length, covering all of the work done throughout the two year course.

In addition to this for students to pass the practical skills segment of the course they must complete to the correct standard 12 assessed practicals across year 12 and 13.

How could you support your son to learn during year 12&13?

Many Students find the use of an additional revision guide for their subject to be very useful. The most popular ones are published by CGP.

Past papers and mark schemes are available from the AQA website

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/a-level/chemistry-2420/past-papers-and-mark-schemes

  • GCSE YEAR 10&11
  • A LEVEL YEAR 12&13