I'm interested in doing A Level Chemistry as a private candidate. I did AQA Biology A Level but now that the spec has been changed, I'm having second thoughts on doing the whole spec Chemistry in a year. I was wondering what the new AQA spec is like from the perspective of those who are now studying it? I have been briefly informed of the content and that there are three papers instead of the traditional 6 including 2 ISAs/EMPAs. Has that made it difficult taking into consideration that there are only specimen papers available and no controlled assessments to fall back on?
Thanks a bunch
Prospective A level Chemistry student for AQA (new spec) Watch
- Thread Starter
- 09-07-2016 20:27
- 11-07-2016 12:22
I have just finished my 1st year of the new aqa Chemistry and personally I did not find the content too hard, but the paper is very maths based and tests a lot of information based on required practicals. The practicals need to be done to get a pass or fail grade but this will not contribute to your grade, although you will need to have a lot of understanding of them in order to take the exam papers. Another thing I noticed was the 2 sets of specimen papers were very immense in the difference between their difficulty and structure, making it really hard to use them as a guide for revision for the real thing. The as exams had a completely different structure to the specimens which completely threw me off too. During the 2nd year, 3 exams are taken. One is based on physical chemistry and organic chemistry, another on physical chemistry and inorganic chemistry, and the other I believe is a mixture of content. The second year builds up on all of the information learnt in the 1st year and I suppose the exams will be equal in weighting between the year 1 and year 2 content.