Chemistry

Chemistry is necessarily an experimental science: its conclusions are drawn from data, and its principles supported by evidence from facts.” – Michael Faraday

Subject information

ENTRY DETAILS

Exam board: Pearson Edexcel IAL

Specification: Pearson Edexcel International Advanced A-Level in Chemistry (YCH11)

HOW I WILL BE ASSESSED?

Examination: The course is examined in January and June of both Year 12 and Year 13

COURSE DETAILS

ASSESSMENT OVERVIEW, DURATION AND WEIGHTING

Unit 1 – Written examination 1h and 30 min (20% of qualification – 80 marks)

Unit 2 – Written examination 1h and 30 min hours (20% of qualification – 80 marks)

Unit 3 – Written examination 1 hour and 20 minutes  (10% of qualification – 50 marks)

Unit 4 – Written examination 1h and 30 min hours (20% of qualification – 90 marks)

Unit 5 – Written examination 1h and 30 min (20% of qualification – 90 marks)

Unit 6 – Written examination 1 hour and 20 minutes  (10% of qualification – 50 marks)

Exam Papers% of IAL    Assessment overview
Unit 1 –
(Jan Y12) 
20

This paper has two sections:
o Section A: multiple choice questions.
o Section B: mixture of short-open, open-response and calculation questions.

This paper will include a minimum of 18 marks that target mathematics at Level 2 or above.

Students will be expected to apply their knowledge and understanding of experimental methods in familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

Unit 2 –
(June Y12)    
20

This paper has three sections:
o Section A: multiple choice questions.
o Section B: mixture of short-open, open-response, calculations and extended-writing questions.
o Section C: contemporary context question.

This paper will contain questions that require information from the Data Booklet.

This paper will include a minimum of 18 marks that target mathematics at Level 2 or above.

Students will be expected to apply their knowledge and understanding of experimental methods in familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

This paper may contain some synoptic questions which require knowledge and understanding from Unit 1.

Unit 3 –
(June Y13)
10

Section A: Short and extended-response questions, based on sources (40 marks). 

Section B: One 20-mark essay question, based on one or more sources (20 marks). 

Section C: One 20-mark essay question, based on one or more sources (20 marks).

Unit 4 –
(Jan Y13)
20

This paper has three sections:
o Section A: multiple choice questions.
o Section B: mixture of short-open, open-response, calculations and extended-writing questions.
o Section C: data or calculation question.

This paper will include a minimum of 22 marks that target mathematics at Level 2 or above. Students will be expected to apply their knowledge and understanding of experimental methods in familiar and unfamiliar contexts. This paper may contain some synoptic questions which require knowledge and understanding from Units 1 and 2.

Unit 5 –
(June Y13)
20

The paper may include multiple-choice, short-open, open-response, calculations and extended-writing questions.

Pre-released reading (scientific article) will be provided for this assessment.

The paper will include a minimum of 9 marks that target mathematics at Level 2 or above. Candidates will be expected to apply their knowledge and understanding to familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

This paper may contain some synoptic questions which require knowledge and understanding from units 1 and 2.

Unit 6 –
(June Y13)
10

The paper may include short-open, open-response and calculation questions. The paper will include a minimum of 5 marks that target mathematics at Level 2 or above. 

Candidates will be expected to apply their knowledge and understanding of practical skills to familiar and unfamiliar situations.

WIDER READING

  • Bryson,B.(2003). A Short History of Nearly Everything. Broadway Books
  • Clayton, J. (2000). Organic Chemistry.Oxford University Press
  • Kean, S. (2010). The disappearing Spoon: And other true tales of Madness, Love and History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements.Little , Brown and Company

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