AQA AS-level Chemistry (7404) update

Hello

The resources for Topics 1 and 2 for AS-level Chemistry are now ready

How have the specification points have been accommodated in each topic at AS-level and how do they link to the Oxford textbook?

The Tests (including the Transition Test and Assessment Point 1) and mark schemes will be published in line with the AS-level Assessment Schedule

 

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AQA A-level Chemistry (7405) update

The resources for Topics 10, 11, 16 and 17 have now been updated and are available

How have the specification points have been accommodated in each topic at AS-level and how do they link to the Oxford textbook?

How have the additional specification points have been accommodated in each topic at A-level and how do they link to the Oxford textbook?

The test and mark schemes will be published according to the following assessment schedule

 

 

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A-level Assessment Schedule

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I’ve started work on some resources for the second year of the course, starting with Topics 11 and 16. I’ll upload all notes, exercises and homework tasks as soon as they are ready.

I’ll upload tests and assessment points, with mark schemes, as well as mark schemes for assessed homeworks, according to the schedule below. All tests and assessment points will be published the weekend before the advertised date, and all mark schemes will be published the weekend after the advertised date.

A Level Chemistry
Date Assessment
12-Sep Topic 16 hw, Topic 11 hw
26-Sep Topic 11 test, Topic 16 test
03-Oct Topic 17 hw, Topic 10 hw
17-Oct Topic 18 hw, Topic 17 test, Topic 10 Test
31-Oct ASSESSMENT POINT 1 Paper 1 (AS + Topics 10 and 11)

ASSESSMENT POINT 1 Paper 2 (AS + Topics 11, 16 and 17)

07-Nov Topic 18 test
14-Nov Topic 19 hw
21-Nov Topic 12 hw
28-Nov Topic 19 test
05-Dec Topic 12 Test
12-Dec Topic 13 hw
02-Jan ASSESSMENT POINT 2 Paper 1 (AS + Topics 10, 11 and 12)
09-Jan ASSESSMENT POINT 2 Paper 2 (AS + Topics 16, 17, 18 and 19)
16-Jan Topic 20 hw
23-Jan Topic 13 test
30-Jan Topic 20 test
06-Feb Topic 14 hw
20-Feb Topic 15 hw
27-Feb Topic 14 test
06-Mar Topic 15 test
13-Mar ASSESSMENT POINT 3 (Full Paper 1)
20-Mar ASSESSMENT POINT 3 (Full Paper 2)
27-Mar ASSESSMENT POINT 3 (Full Paper 3)
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AS-level Assessment Schedule

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The AS-level Chemistry resources are mostly done; there are a few things to add and some gaps to fill in; I’ll add any new resources, and all the assessed homeworks and practice papers, as soon as they are ready.

The mark schemes for the assessment homeworks, as well as the tests, assessment points and mark schemes for both, will be uploaded according to the assessment timetable below.

Please note that tests and assessment points will always be uploaded the weekend before the date specified (which is always a Monday). Mark schemes will always be uploaded the weekend after the date specified.

AS Chemistry
Date Assessment
19-Sep Transition Test
26-Sep Topic 2 hw
03-Oct Topic 1 hw
10-Oct Topic 2 Test
17-Oct Topic 1 Test
31-Oct ASSESSMENT POINT 1 (Topics 1 and 2)
14-Nov Topic 4 hw
21-Nov Topic 3 hw
28-Nov Topic 4 Test
05-Dec Topic 3 Test
12-Dec Topic 5 hw
02-Jan ASSESSMENT POINT 2 Paper 1 (Topics 2, 4)
09-Jan ASSESSMENT POINT 2 Paper 2 (Topics 1, 3)
16-Jan Topic 7 hw
23-Jan Topic 5 Test
30-Jan Topic 7 Test
06-Feb Topic 6 hw
20-Feb Topic 8 hw
27-Feb Topic 6 Test
06-Mar Topic 8 Test
13-Mar Topic 9 hw
20-Mar ASSESSMENT POINT 3 Paper 1
27-Mar ASSESSMENT POINT 3 Paper 2
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Exam results and Getting Ready for 2016-7

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Well, the AQA new AS paper 2 was a much nicer paper than Paper 1, with most of the questions fair and reasonable, but still a challenge to finish on time. I thought paper 2 would bring up the grade boundaries, but it didn’t – the grade boundaries really were low – good news for those who thought they had not done well, but I’m sure they will not be this low for next year’s A-level papers.

The OCR A legacy papers were straightforward; too easy perhaps, with very high grade boundaries and tough mark schemes to compensate.

Looking forward to 2016-7, I will be focusing on the new AQA A-level course, but will make some updates to the new AQA AS-level course.

Good luck with the year ahead!

 

 

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reflections on 27/5/2016 exams

OCR Unit 1 (legacy)

This was a nice paper with no horrible twists – expect grade boundaries something like:

A – 50, B – 45, C – 40, D – 35, E – 29

AQA Paper 1 (new spec)

This was an interesting and challenging exam, and a vast improvement on the specimen paper. The content was fair but many of the questions were not straightforward, and it was very long – I would expect most students would have really struggled to finish the paper in 90 minutes. I was expecting lots of practical questions – as there were – but I was not expecting such an emphasis on Atomic Structure – there was no Energetics at all and just one mark on Equilibria – topics to revise again for Paper 2. It was certainly a very tough introduction to the new specification.

The mark breakdown by Topic was 25.5 (Topic 1), 29 (Topic 2), 14.5 (Topic 3), 0 (Topic 4), 1 (Topic 5), 10 (Topic 6)

Grade boundaries will not be published for individual papers but based on this paper I would expect them to be low – along the lines of:

A – 58, B – 51, C – 44, D – 37, E – 30

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Good luck with your exams

Hi all

Good luck with your exams this year.

I have uploaded three practice papers for the new AS AQA course – try them out – I will keep adding more as the weeks go on

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