AS and A-level Chemistry

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  • Teaching from: 2015
  • Exams from: June 2016 (AS), June 2017 (A-level)
  • Specification code: 7404 7405
  • QAN code: 601/5730/6; 601/5731/8

Our AS and A-level Chemistry specifications will help you to inspire students, nurture their passion for the subject and lay the foundations for further study and the workplace.

Our specifications allow you to choose the context and applications to bring chemistry to life in the way that best suits the needs of your students.

The content of the AS is identical and co-teachable to that of the first year of A-level, which gives you flexibility in planning, timetabling and resourcing. The straightforward layout clearly lists what students need to know and highlights opportunities for skills development.

Practical work is at the heart of all good science teaching, and the required practical activities will give students the opportunity to embed their skills and knowledge. The A-level practicals ensure that students are able to access the Common Practical Assessment Criteria (CPAC)  requirements of the course.


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Key dates

  • 5 October 2021 Exam for A-level Chemistry Paper 1 (7405/1)
    Series: November 2021
    Start time: pm
    Duration: 2h
  • 5 October 2021 Exam for AS Chemistry Paper 1 (7404/1)
    Series: November 2021
    Start time: pm
    Duration: 1h 30m
  • 12 October 2021 Exam for A-level Chemistry Paper 2 (7405/2)
    Series: November 2021
    Start time: am
    Duration: 2h

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….I like the way the topics have been divided into three main topics: Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry.

Mrs Bronwyn Van Leeuwen,
Science KS4 Manager, Hillview School for Girls, Tonbridge, Kent

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