Ccea Chemistry Coursework

Specification

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Specification
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Specification
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From this specification students can take:

  • the AS course as a final qualification; or
  • the AS units plus the A2 units for a full GCE A level qualification.

There are three units at AS and three at A2:



Unit

Content

AS 1: Basic Concepts in Physical and Inorganic Chemistry

Students develop important basic skills.

AS 2: Further Physical and Inorganic Chemistry and an introduction to Organic Chemistry

Organic chemistry is a major component of this unit. Students develop the ability to draw, identify, name and predict reactions for various organic species.

AS 3: Basic Practical Chemistry

Students develop basic experimental skills and techniques such as performing a titration or identifying unknown substances.

A2 1: Further Physical and Organic Chemistry

This unit focuses on quantitative treatments of rates and equilibrium. Students deepen their understanding of organic chemistry.

A2 2: Analytical, Transition Metals, Electrochemistry and Organic Nitrogen Chemistry

This unit introduces advanced spectroscopic techniques. Students enhance their analytical skills and broaden their understanding of inorganic and organic chemistry.

A2 3: Further Practical Chemistry

Students develop their experimental skills and techniques such as preparing an ester or analysing by back titration.

The AS units make up 40% of the full A level, and the A2 units make up 60%.

 

Controlled Assessment

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Unit 3 is to be submitted electronically
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Qualitative Task Marking Grid
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In GCSE Chemistry, Unit 3: Practical Skills is assessed by controlled assessment. This unit is worth 25 percent of the final mark. We set two controlled assessment tasks for each cohort of students.

We renew these each year to ensure that they continue to set appropriate challenges and remain valid.

Students may complete one or both of the tasks set. If they choose to take both tasks, the higher mark awarded will count towards their overall mark for the unit.

The class teacher must supervise the tasks. The teacher marks the controlled assessments tasks using criteria we provide, and we moderate them.

Each controlled assessment task is made up of three parts.

Part A – Planning and Risk Assessment

Students develop a hypothesis and plan an experiment to test it. They draw a blank table to record the results of their experiment, and carry out a risk assessment.

Part B – Data Collection

Students carry out the experiment and record the data collected in their results table.

Part C – Processing, Analysis and Evaluation

Students answer questions relating to their own work, demonstrating scientific knowledge and understanding. They also show their ability to process, analyse and evaluate information they have collected from their experiment.

For more information, see the specification.

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