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AS Papers

Paper 1 is Inorganic and Physical Chemistry

Paper 2 is Organic and Physical Chemistry

Paper 1 and paper 2 are both a total of 80 marks, each makes up 50% of the AS grade. There are 65 marks of short and long answer questions and 15 marks of multiple choice questions

A-level Papers

Paper 1 is Inorganic and Physical Chemistry

Paper 2 is Organic and Physical Chemistry

Paper 3 is any content

Paper 1 and paper 2 are both a total of 105 marks, each paper makes up 35% of the A-level grade. There will be 105 marks from short and long answer questions

Paper 3 is worth 90 marks making up 30% of the A-level. There will be 40 marks of questions on practical techniques and data analysis, 20 marks of questions testing across the specification followed by 30 marks of multiple choice questions

Topic and Video list

AS -Level Topic 1. Physical chemistry

Physical chemistry - Atomic Structure

Structure of an atom


Time of flight mass spectrometer

Electronic configuration

Physical chemistry - Amount of substance

Relative molecular mass

Moles and the Avogadro constant

Ideal gas equation

Empirical and molecular formula

Balanced equations

Ionic equations

Salt equations

Percentage yield

Atom economy

Volumes of gases

Concentrations and volumes of solution

Required practical 1 - Make up a volumetric solution and carry out a simple acid–base titration.

Water of crystallisation

Physical chemistry – Bonding

Ionic bonding

Covalent and dative covalent bonds

Metallic bonding

Bonding and properties

Shapes of molecules

Bond polarity

Van der Waals’ forces

Permanent dipole-dipole forces

Hydrogen bonds

Physical chemistry – Energetics

Enthalpy change


Required practical 2 - Measurement of an enthalpy change.

Hess's Law

Bond enthalpy

Physical chemistry - Kinetics

Collision theory

Maxwell–Boltzmann distribution

Effect of temperature on reaction rate

Required practical 3 - Investigation of how the rate of a reaction changes with temperature

Effect of pressure and concentration on reaction rate

Effect of catalysts on reaction rate

Physical chemistry - Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier's Principle

and Kc

Le Chatelier’s principle and dynamic equilibrium


Physical chemistry - Oxidation, reduction and redox reactions

Oxidation states

Redox reactions

AS-Level Topic 2. Inorganic Chemistry

Inorganic Chemistry - Periodicity

s, p, d or f block elements

Period 3

Inorganic Chemistry - Group 2, the alkaline earth metals

Group 2, the alkaline earth metals

Inorganic Chemistry - Group 7 (17) the halogens

Group 7 (17) the halogens

Chlorine and chlorate

AS-Level Topic 3. Organic Chemistry

Organic chemistry - Introduction to organic chemistry

Introduction to organic chemistry

Types of formula

Reaction Mechanisms

Skeletal formula


Structural isomerism

E–Z isomerism

Cahn–Ingold–Prelog priority rules

Organic chemistry - Alkanes

Naming alkanes

Fractional distillation of crude oil


Combustion of alkanes

Organic chemistry - Halogenoalkanes

Halogenation of alkanes

Nucleophilic substitution

Elimination reactions

Depletion of ozone

Organic chemistry - Alkenes

Bonding and reactivity

Addition reactions of alkenes

Addition polymers

Organic chemistry - Alcohols


Production of alcohol

Oxidation of alcohols

Reactions with alcohols

Required practical 5 - Distillation of a product from a reaction

Organic chemistry -Organic analysis

Required practical 6 - Tests for alcohol, aldehyde, alkene and carboxylic acid.

Mass spectrometry

Infrared spectroscopy

A -Level Topic 1. Physical chemistry

Physical chemistry - Thermodynamics

Born-Haber Cycles

Entropy change, ΔS

Gibbs free-energy change, ΔG

Physical chemistry - Rate equations

Order of reactions and rate equations

The Arrhenius equation

Determination of rate equation

Required practical 7 - Measure the rate of a reaction by an initial rate method, and a continuous monitoring method

Physical chemistry - Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems

Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems

Physical chemistry - Electrode potential and electrochemical cells

Electrode potentials and cells

Required practical 8 - Measuring the EMF of an electrochemical cell.

Electrochemical cells

Physical chemistry - Acids and bases

Brønsted–Lowry acid-base equilibria

Calculate the pH of strong acids

Kw to calculate the pH of strong bases

Calculate the pH of weak acids

pH curves

Required practical 9 - Investigate how pH changes when a weak acid reacts with a strong base and when a strong acid reacts with a weak base.

pH change when a strong base reacts with a weak acid

Calculate the pH of buffer solutions

A-Level Topic 2. Inorganic Chemistry

Inorganic chemistry - Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides

Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides

Inorganic chemistry - Transition metals

Transition metals

Complex ions

Ligand exchange

Shapes of complex ions

Coloured complex ions

Variable oxidation states of transition metals

Heterogeneous catalysts and homogeneous catalysts

Inorganic chemistry - Reactions of ions in aqueous solution

Metal-aqua ions

Required practical 11 - Carry out simple test-tube reactions to identify

transition metal ions in aqueous solution

A-Level Topic 3. Organic Chemistry

Organic chemistry - Optical isomerism

Optical isomerism



Organic chemistry - Carboxylic acids and derivatives

Carboxylic acids

Carbonyl Compounds


Animals fats and vegetable oils


Acid anhydrides

Acyl chlorides


Acylation reactions

Required practical 10 - Preparation of a pure organic solid and test of its

purity and a pure organic liquid

Organic chemistry - Aromatic chemistry


Nitration reactions

Friedel-Crafts acylation reactions

Organic chemistry – Amines

Aliphatic amines

Aromatic amines

Amines as bases

Reactions of amines

Organic chemistry - Polymers

Condensation polymerization

Biodegradable polymers

Disposal of polymers

Organic chemistry - Amino acids, proteins and DNA

Amino acids

Structure of proteins

TLC (This Layer Chromatography)


Drug action

Structure of DNA


Organic chemistry - Organic synthesis

Organic synthesis pathways

Organic chemistry - Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

1H NMR Video | Quiz 

13C NMR Video | Quiz

Organic chemistry - Chromatography


Required practical 12 - Separation of species by thin-layer chromatography.    Video