GCE A Level 9729/8872 Chemistry Syllabus

Getting Familiar with JC A Level Chemistry

The A Level Chemistry are offered at two levels: Higher 1 (H1) and Higher 2 (H2). Depending on the subject stream and the fulfillment of the prerequisites, students will be required to take either the H1 or H2 Mathematics.

The main differences between the H1 and H2 Chemistry are the coverage of the topics and the examination format.

GCE A Level 9729/8872 Chemistry Syllabus 2017

Getting Familiar with JC A Level Chemistry

The A Level Chemistry are offered at two levels: Higher 1 (H1) and Higher 2 (H2). Depending on the subject stream and the fulfillment of the prerequisites, students will be required to take either the H1 or H2 Mathematics.

The main differences between the H1 and H2 Chemistry are the coverage of the topics and the examination format.

Areas of study for JC Chemistry

Students are expected to study wide-ranging chapters for the A Level Chemistry. During the pre-exam revision phase, the topics will be integrated to familiarise students with exam-based questions.

For H2 Chemistry Syllabus (9729)

  • Atomic Structure
  • Chemical Bonding
  • The Gaseous State
  • Theories of Acids and Bases
  • The Periodic Table
  • The Mole Concept and Stoichiometry
  • Chemical Energetics
  • Reaction Kinetics
  • Chemical Equilibria
  • Chemistry of Aqueous Solutions
  • Introductory Organic Chemistry
  • Isomerism
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Halogen Derivatives
  • Hydroxy Compounds
  • Carbonyl Compounds
  • Carboxylic Acids and Derivatives
  • Nitrogen Compounds
  • Electrochemistry
  • Transition Elements

 

For H1 Chemistry Syllabus (8872)

  • Atoms, Molecules, and Stoichiometry
  • Redox Reactions
  • Atomic Structure
  • Chemical Bonding
  • Chemical Energetics
  • Equilibria
  • Reaction Kinetics
  • The Periodic Table: Chemical Periodicity
  • Introductory Organic Chemistry
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Halogen Derivatives
  • Alcohol
  • Carbonyl Compounds
  • Carboxylic Acids and Derivatives

Examination Format for Chemistry

How will students be tested for A Level Chemistry papers?

Students taking the A Level Chemistry examination should familiarise themselves with the exam format, so that they know what to expect and the key areas to focus on during the revision phase. The main differences between H1 and H2 Chemistry are the scope of topics covered and the scheme of assessment.

H2 Chemistry (9729) Exam Format

There are four papers that students have to take in separate sitting.

Paper 1: Multiple Choice Questions

Paper 1 consists of 30 multiple-choice questions which students are expected to complete in 50 minutes. The maximum marks that can be obtained is 30 marks and the weightage is 15% of the overall score.

Paper 2: Structured & Free-Response Questions

Paper 2 consists of structured and free-response questions that students are expected to complete in 2 hours. The maximum marks that can be obtained is 75 marks and this constitutes to 30% of the overall score.

Paper 3: Free Response Questions

Paper 3 consists of free response questions divided into two sections: Section A and Section B. Section A is made up of 3-4 free-response questions which total up to 60 marks. All the questions in Section A are compulsory. Section B consists of 2 questions which each student has to choose 1 to complete. The maximum marks obtainable in Section A is 20 marks. The weightage of Paper 3 is 35% of the overall score.

Paper 4: Practical Assessment

Paper 4 is known as practical assessment. It assesses the skills of students, in terms of planning, manipulation, measurement and observation, presentation of data, analysis and evaluation. Students are given 2 hour 30 minutes to complete the assessment, which occupies 20% of the overall grade.

H1 Chemistry (8872) Exam Format

There are two papers that students have to take in separate sitting.

Paper 1: Multiple Choice Questions

Paper 1 consists of 30 multiple-choice questions which the students are expected to complete in 50 minutes. The maximum marks that can be obtained is 30 marks and this makes up 33% of the overall score.

Paper 2: Structured & Free-Response Questions

Paper 2 carries 80 marks and consists of structured and free response questions. There are two sections: Section A and Section B. Section A consists of variable number of compulsory structured questions that add up to 40 marks. Section B is made up of 3 questions in which students have to answer a total of 2 out of 3 questions. Each question in this section carries 20 marks. The weightage of this paper is 67% of the overall score.

For more information, students may refer to the 2017 A Level H2 Chemistry Syllabus (9729) or H1 Chemistry Syllabus (8872).

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