A Level Chemistry Fast Track Course (Valid 2020) Exam & Onwards)

A level chemistry course. This Fast Track A Level in Chemistry is concerned with the science of matter, particularly its structure, properties and reactions. Chemistry is of central importance to the sciences as a whole as the chemical reactions that it governs are fundamental to all of science. This A Level chemistry course contains all the information you will need to pass the A-Level Chemistry exams. You will have a personal tutor for the entirety of this course, who will be more than happy to aid you in completing this course, and will be available to mark all the end of unit assessments. 

This specification is designed to encourage candidates to:

Gain data analysis skills
Appreciate how science works and its relevance beyond the laboratory
Develop an enthusiasm for Chemistry
Study Chemistry in a contemporary context

Qualification: A Level Chemistry 
Accredited: Yes
QCF Recognised: Yes
Awarding Body: AQA
Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year
Duration: Flexible - Approx 700 Hours
UCAS Points: Dependant on Grades

View full Specification here

A Level Exam - Valid May/June 2019 onwards

Please check exam/practical assessment cost & availability with your chosen centre from the AQA list here. Do not enrol until you have confirmed they can accomodate you.

A Level Chemistry Fast Track Course (Valid 2020) Exam & Onwards)

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Course Fee: Starting at: £399.00

What's included in the fees?

1: Printed course materials/course pack or online access
2: Course delivery via courier if paper format option is selected
3: Tutor support via email
4: Assignment feedback and marking

What's not included in the fees?

1: Associated examination fees
2: Practical assessments - Where applicable
3: Optional study texts - recommended reading 

One of the biggest concerns for any potential student is the financial commitment involved. UK Open College recognise this and have implemented a pay as you study plan to assist students in spreading any fees involved with their course over a manageable period of time. Students are able to pay a deposit upon enrolment followed by a monthly repayment over a set period of time.

We would encourage students to view any related fees as an investment in their future. The majority of investments will provide a rewarding return over a set period of time. Once qualified and in employment students can expect a fantastic return on their investment year after year.

We offer all UK Based students guaranteed acceptance onto this scheme* upon completion of a signed student agreement. Shortly after paying your deposit our accounts department will contact you direct via telephone to gather the required information to complete the agreement. Once received we will forward a digital document via email for your signature. 

*Contact details, employment details and valid UK bank details with the ability to set up direct debit are required for all students applying for our pay as you study plan. If students are unable to provide this information any application may be declined. 

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Topic 1

Atomic Structute
Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc ATP
Oxidation, reduction and redox equations
Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems
Electrode potentials and electromechanical cells
Acids and bases

Topic 2

Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
The Halogens
Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides
Transition metals
Reactions of the ions in aqueous solution

Topic 3

Introduction to organic chemistry
Organic analysis
Optical isomerism
Aldehydes & ketones
Carboxylic acids and derivatives
Aromatic chemistry
Amino acids, proteins and DNA
Organic synthesis
Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
The Halogens
Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides
Transition metals
Reactions of the ions in aqueous solution

AQA A Level Chemistry

UCAS points awarded upon grades acheived.  Visit UCAS here for more info

AQA are one of the largest awarding bodies within the UK. Predominantly aimed at 14-19 year old students sitting A levels and GCSE's for the first time or mature students generally looking to retake or achieve UCAS points for a university application. AQA provides students with a fully recognised qualification as provided by any further educaton college. 

Course duration will vary dependant on student commitment, effort and ability. Overall guided learning hours are approx 700. This should be used as a guideline only and completion times will vary hugely.We would encourage students to seriously consider how they plan to complete their chosen course prior to enrolment. Students should think about how they are going to study, where they are going to study and how often. Be realistic! 

Speak to family members and help them to understand what you are trying to achieve, explain you may require peace and space to study at certain times. The more you involve them the more likely you are to get them on your side. Students are reminded that the time in which they complete is purely down to them as an individual.

Coursework completion can be as quickly or as slowly as you wish within the tuition period, however examination dates are not flexible and are set by the awarding body. Extensions are not available for Fast Track Courses



Students are able to select how they wish to study.

Paper based: Receive your course pack in the post in hard copy and correspond direct with your tutor via email


Online: Access our premium online cloud based learning system where you are able to access all of your course lessons, assignments and tutor correspondence in one place. Download the APP and access your course information on any device from anywhere in the world with an internet signal. Whichever way you choose to study is up to you.!

Please be advised students cannot choose both methods/formats. You will be required to select your preferred method at checkout.

This course lessons are self-contained, however we would advise you to read other books on this subject: These are not included in the fees charged by UK Open College

Recommended reading

AQA Chemistry AS: Student Book, Ted Lister and Janet Renshaw, Nelson Thornes, ISBN: 9780748782802

AQA Chemistry A2: Student Book, Ted Lister and Janet Renshaw, Nelson Thornes, ISBN: 978074878279

AQA Chemistry A2: Student Book, Ted Lister and Janet Renshaw, publisher; Nelson Thornes ISBN: 9780748782796

In order to acheive this qualification students will sit three examinations and twelve practical assessments. The practicals are not marked, but you will need to be observed by an examination centre to demonstrate competence in the different techniques. The practicals are usually held in Spring of each year, while the written exams are in May/June. Booking exams is the responsibility of the student. Any and all exam fees will be paid by the student directly to their chosen exam centre. Please arrange/confirm this prior to enrolling with your chosen centre.

Paper 1

Assessment details:

  • 35% of A-Level
  • 105 marks
  • Written exam: 2 hours

What is assessed?:

  • Relevant Physical chemistry topics
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Relevant practical skilss


  • 105marks = A mixture of short and long answer questions

Paper 2

Assessment details:

  • 35% of A-Level
  • 105 marks
  • Written exam: 2 hours

What is assessed?:

  • Relevant Physical chemistry topics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Relevant practical skills


  • 105 marks = A mixture of short and long answer questions

Paper 3

Assessment details:

  • 30% of A-Level
  • 90 marks
  • Written exam: 2 hours

What is assessed?:

  • Any content
  • Any practical skills


  • 40 marks = Questions on practical techniques and data analysis
  • 20 marks = Questions testing across the specification
  • 30 marks = Multiple choice questions 

Practical Assessment

Your A Level grade will be based on your written examinations. However, in order to receive your A Level you must also undergo a separate endorsement of 6 practical skills. These are listed below:

  • Make up a volumetric solution and carry out a simple acid–base titration
  • Measurement of an enthalpy change
  • Investigation of how the rate of a reaction changes with temperature
  • Carry out simple test-tube reactions to identify:

•cations – Group 2, NH4+
•anions – Group 7 (halide ions), OH–, CO3 2–, SO4 2–

  • Distillation of a product from a reaction
  • Tests for alcohol, aldehyde, alkene and carboxylic acid

Assignment Information 

Throughout the course there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked questions, to enable students to monitor their progress

Past Papers

Visit AQA website and download specimen papers here 

Students are able to sit a standalone AS paper as a measurement/guide of their progress if required. However this will incur additional exam fees with your centre. This will be available in May/June 2016 if required. This will not count towards your overall A Level exam and is purely available for students who wish to test their progress. (England only) 

For students in Northern Ireland and Wales the AS will continue to count.  

In order to help students with the terms and conditions of their enrolment we have tried to keep things simple and easy to understand. No jargon or small print. Our full terms and conditions can be viewed here.

In our experience the main and most important part of these terms for our students is the cancellation & returns policy. So let’s explain these clearly to avoid any misunderstanding.

Firstly, we would request that students check the course syllabus and content immediately upon receipt. This is vitally important. Please ensure that any qualification awarded at the end of your course meets your needs. If in doubt call us on 0121 288 0181 to check before you enrol.

If for any reason you wish to cancel and return your course to us for a refund you are welcome to do so as long as you notify us within 14 days of receipt at the delivery address. Please email accounts@ukopencollege.co.uk stating your name, address, invoice number requesting to cancel. We will then respond to you with further instruction. If you have received a hard copy of your course you will be required to return this at your own cost via courier/recorded delivery before a full refund will be issued. If you have paid a deposit and signed a student agreement, you will be charged a £30 cancellation fee. This will be deducted from any deposit paid in addition to any postage charges incurred by us.

All returns must remain unused and in resalable condition. This complies with distance selling regulations. All students are welcome to return their course to us for any reason as long as we have been notified within the 14 days as above. Unfortunately, if notification to cancel is received outside of this period your request for a refund will be declined. This does not affect your statutory rights

Please call our accounts team direct on 0121 288 0181 if you have any questions regarding our cancellation and returns policy. It will only cost you a phone call

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