A2 in Chemistry 2421


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A2 in Chemistry 2421

Please note that the last date for exams for this course will be May/June 2016.

Chemistry is an impressive subject to have on a CV – highly respected by universities and employers alike it shows a depth of learning that requires numerous skills of its students; maths, scientific reasoning, written and spoken communication and practicality among many others. It is for this reason that Chemistry is considered a highly academic subject that keeps many of life’s “doors” open to you.

This particular course will encourage you, the student, to: -

  • Explore the very basic, core principles of chemistry – including the structure of the atom, modes of bonding and the concept of periodicity
  • Discover the basics of the world of organic chemistry – from organic nomenclature to understanding some of the key reaction mechanisms.
  • Further develop understanding of chemical concepts such as equilibria and thermodynamics
  • Uncover the world of aromatic chemistry and the fascinating macromolecules known as polymers
  • Consider all the concepts and ideas in a real-world setting and discover how these principles are applied.

This A2 course consists of three units:

  • CHEM4: Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM5: Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM6: Practical Skills in A2 Chemistry

The A2 Units

CHEM4: Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry

Unit 4 takes you back into the field of physical chemistry building on the ideas first introduced at AS: -

  • Kinetics – You will develop your understanding of rates and reactions introducing more complex maths into its explanation and prediction including the introduction of the concept of the rate-determining step of a reaction mechanism.
  • Equilibria – You will revisit the AS material on equilibria and start to deduce mathematical representations and calculations to predict the position of equilibrium according to a set of given parameters and conditions.
  • Acids, bases & buffers – Here you will reconsider your definitions of acids and bases you will also encounter a mathematical formula used to calculate the pH of a solution and differentiate between weak and strong acids and bases. You will also investigate the mechanics of a buffer solution that maintains a constant pH.
  • Nomenclature and isomerism – This section goes deeper into the naming protocols for organic compounds, extends your understanding to include more functional groups and the idea of optical isomers.
  • Carbonyls – The carbonyl group, a double bond between a carbon atom and an oxygen atom is a very important functional group in organic chemistry. Here we look at the three members of the carbonyl “family” – aldehydes, ketones and carboxylic acids.
  • Aromatic chemistry – You will discover the very interesting molecule, C6H6, otherwise known as Benzene, a cyclic compound with very interesting properties and behaviours owing to the new concept of “aromaticity”
  • Amines – Another new organic functional group is introduced here, the amines, relating to the functional group –NH2. Common reaction mechanisms are considered and this involves completely new reaction concepts.
  • Amino acids – The building blocks of life – amino acids are the monomers that come together to make the innumerable, vital proteins found in our everyday lives – our bodies and our environment. Without them life would not exist and here we look at their chemistry and why they are so vital
  • Polymers – Builds on the AS work on polymers and addition polymers but also introduces you to a new polymerisation concept – condensation polymerisation. Polymers are a very important topic of debate currently and the course will look at their issues, biodegradability and recycling.
  • Organic synthesis – This very interesting section encourages you to discover the means to build a specific organic molecule using various organic reactions discovered earlier in the course and how you work through these step wise to achieve your target molecule. This is coupled with analysis techniques used to check the molecule is pure and indeed accurate – this revisits IR Spectroscopy, Mass Spec and introduces NMR in a whole new applied context.

CHEM5: Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry

  • Thermodynamics – Builds on the basic ideas encountered at AS – introduces the new concept of entropy – order and disorder in chemical reactions.
  • Periodicity – Here you will discover how trends are formed within periods and how each member of a period differs form the next
  • Redox Equilibria – Understanding of redox is built on further, redox reactions are compared in terms of electrode potentials and the movement of electrons – all of which is used to predict the direction of redox reactions.
  • Transition Metals – The transition metals have unique electron structures which give their compounds intriguing characteristics – one of which are there striking array of colours; here you will discover what it is that makes these metals stand out from the rest.
  • Reactions of inorganic compounds – This section involves the reactions of metal ions in solution and the technique of electrolysis which is used to split metal salts into their constituent elements.

CHEM6: Practical Skills in A2 Chemistry

This unit is worth 10% of the total A-Level marks and builds on the experimental techniques and understanding developed in Unit 3 – with units 4 and 5 now the basis of the practical techniques.

Suggested reading

While this course is designed so you do not need to invest in textbooks – it may be beneficial to get an alternative point of view by looking at the textbook below: -

AQA A2 Chemistry – Ted Lister & Janet Renshaw -  Nelson Thornes -  ISBN: 9978-0-7487-8279-6


Unit 4 – CHEM4 Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry

Examination paper (100 marks) 6 – 8 short answer questions plus 2 – 3 structured questions.

1 hour 45 minutes

20% of the total A-level marks


Available in June only


Unit 5 – CHEM5 Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry

Examination paper (100 marks). 6 – 8 short answer questions plus 2 – 3 longer structured questions. Some of the questions will have synoptic elements.

1 hour 45 minutes

20% of the total A-level marks


Available in June only


Unit 6 – CHEM6X Practical skills in A2 Chemistry

Externally Marked Route X (50 marks)

Practical Skills Verification (PSV – teacher verification)

Externally Marked Practical Assignment (EMPA – 50 raw marks)

10% of the total A-level marks

Available in June only



What's Included

Online Learning Documentation, Online Resources and Tutor support for 1 year.

Further Information

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

January 2013 will be the last January exam period. All future exams will be held during the May - June exam period only.

In the student 'On Campus' area you are also able to take part in the student chat room and forums as part of our online student community.

After enrolling online you will receive your username and password to access the On Campus area within 3 working days.

Students are required to arrange and pay for their 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.

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