Chemistry is everywhere! The world around us is filled with materials that have been discovered, developed, and tested by chemists: medicines, foods, fuels, plastics, fertilisers, and fabrics. Chemistry is the science of substances and their properties and interactions, from explosions to the creation of new compounds. In the search for sustainable chemistry, for safer agrochemicals, and for new materials needed for new technology, chemistry plays the dominant role. On this distance learning A-Level Chemistry course, you’ll learn all about the elements on The Periodic Table and develop a solid understanding of the way chemistry interacts with everything in the world.
A-Level Chemistry develops your skills in data analysis and evaluation, but also encourages creative thinking and problem-solving skills which are transferable to any future career path. This is an ideal course for students considering careers in health and clinical professions, as well as teaching and research roles. Many universities and employers desire applicants with an A-Level Chemistry certificate as it’s a highly respected qualification to have in academic circles.
A-Level Chemistry is a rigorous, challenging and extremely rewarding course that develops students’ scientific skills and knowledge.
If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam for free
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The AQA qualifications are internationally recognised and taught in 30 countries around the world, highly valued by employers and universities and enable young people to progress to the next stage of their lives. AQA qualifications suit a range of abilities and include GCSEs, IGCSEs and A-levels.
You should allow for between 250 and 300 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.
Our course is delivered via our online learning platform as this provides learners with a dynamic and engaging experience. Don’t worry, if you prefer, you can print the learning materials yourself. The learning resources are in a range of different media including videos, quizzes, and interactive activities.
Your course will run for a period of up to 24 months from the date of enrolment. You will receive your login details to our MyOxbridge portal where your learning materials will be accessible.
You can enrol now for examinations from Summer 2022.
You’ll be required to complete three standard A-Level written exams.
These exams contain a mixture of short and long answer questions and extended response questions.
We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our exam centres around the UK. Check where your closest exam centre is.
We also offer an exam pass guarantee. If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you for free, to your next exams.
During your course, you’ll be required to complete various assignments. These do not contribute towards your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to monitor your progress and will be used to produce predicted grades if needed.
Some students, such as those who wish to go on to study medicine at university, may need to complete a practical endorsement as part of their qualification. Check with your university if your chosen area of study requires this, and if it does, this can be arranged through our examination partners, Tutors & Exams.
Upon successful completion of this home learning course, you will receive an A-Level in Chemistry, issued by AQA. Your certificate is identical to those issued to students at any other school, college or university.
This syllabus (7405) has been chosen specifically because it is the best suited to online learning, and we believe it provides the best chance of success.
Difficulty - Level 3
Entry requirements - GCSE Science (double award) or GCSE Chemistry (minimum grade 4 – the equivalent to a grade C) and GCSE Maths or equivalent, is recommended for this course.
UCAS Points - 56
In this unit, you’ll build an understanding of how the model of atomic structure has evolved over time, along with the ways in which advances in science and technology has provided evidence for these models.
Next, you’ll learn the definitions of key terms such as relative atomic mass and relative molecular mass, as well as build an understanding of why the mole is a useful quantity to use in chemistry when measuring out amounts of substances.
In unit three, you’ll learn about collision theory and how to use this explain the ways in which changes in conditions, such as temperature and pressure, can affect the speed of a chemical reaction. You’ll also have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of practical techniques used to investigate the effect of temperature changes on the rate of reaction.
Moving on, you’ll study the factors which influence how far a reaction will proceed. You’ll learn how Le Chatelier’s principle can be used to predict the effects of changes in temperature, pressure, and concentration on the position of an equilibrium and the yield of a reversible reaction. You will also consider the importance of this to industry.
Next, you’ll cover the changes that occur during redox reactions as electrons are transferred from the reducing agent to the oxidising agent, as well as how to use changes in the oxidation state of an element to deduce whether oxidation or reduction has occurred. Finally, you will learn how to construct half-equations for the oxidation and reduction processed and how to combine these to produce an overall equation for any redox reaction.
Moving on, you’ll discover how elements are classified according to their position in the periodic table, develop an understanding of the trends in atomic radius, and how to explain these trends in terms of atomic structure. Finally, you’ll learn how to explain the melting points of the elements in period three in terms of the structure and bonding present in each element.
In unit seven, you’ll be introduced to the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) system for naming organic compounds, and learn about the different ways in which the structure or formula of these compounds can be represented. You’ll also discover how to explain the reactions of organic compounds and learn the correct convention for outlining these mechanisms and representing the movement of electrons during the reactions. Finally, you will learn about some of the different types of isomerism and how the isomers can be represented and explained.
In the final unit, you’ll take a look at optical isomerism, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, and aromatic chemistry. Moving on, you’ll study animes and polymers, amino acids, organic synthesis, chromatography, and more.
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Yes! You study the same curriculum, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is specially designed to be studied from home in your own time.
You will have access to your personal tutor, via email, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course to help you get ready for your examinations. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide that will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.
You will need to pay separately for your final examinations. Additional texts may also need to be purchased to supplement your learning on the course.
There may also be additional costs involved in arranging your practical assessment preparation.
We are able to offer places at partnership exam centres across the UK for our students, therefore, guaranteeing an exam venue. If you choose to find your own exam centre, you can, you will need to register with them as an external or private candidate. Fees vary across the country so we recommend enquiring prior to enrolment.
This course is self-contained so no additional textbooks are required. Where there are required additional text books, we include this as free eBooks.
You can study this course from anywhere in the world, but the exams must be taken within the UK.