Analía Bellizzi – Chemistry Classes

Ronald Reagan High School

A LEVEL Chemistry

Chemistry A Level (also called A2 Level)

What is this class about?

The AICE level is a two year program made up with AS and A Level courses.

During the 12th grade students take the AICE A Level class.
A complete description of the courses can be downloaded from the Cambridge International Examinations site:  

AS and A2 Syllabus For examination in June and November 2019-2021

The following information is taken directly from the CIE website (

  This syllabus is designed:

    • to stimulate students, create and sustain their interest in Chemistry, and understand its relevance to society
    • to give a thorough introduction to the study of Chemistry and scientific methods
    • to develop skills and abilities that are relevant to the safe practice of science and to everyday life:concern
      for accuracy and precision, objectivity, integrity, the skills of inquiry, initiative and insight
    • to enable candidates to become confident citizens in a technological world and to take an informed interest
      in matters of scientific importance
    • to stimulate interest in, and care for, the environment.

  At the end of the course, candidates should be able to demonstrate knowledge with understanding in relation to:

    • scientific phenomena, facts, laws, definitions, concepts, theories
    • scientific vocabulary, terminology, conventions (including symbols, quantities and units)
    • scientific instruments and apparatus, including techniques of operation and aspects of safety
    • scientific quantities and their determination
    • scientific and technological applications with their social, economic and environmental implications
    • present reasoned explanations for phenomena, patterns and relationships.

The subject content defines the factual knowledge that candidates may be required to recall and explain.
Questions testing these objectives will often begin with one of the following words: define, state, describe, explain or outline (see Glossary of terms).

  What do I do if I have problems with a topic or homework?

Again, I’m here for you. Please check with me if you do not understand how to complete the assignments or exercises. We can arrange some time to see it together before or after school.


The following table shows the comparison between the contents in AS and A level. You can see that there are many topics that appear in A level that were partially covered in AS. That means that you need to remember these contents for your A level exam. 



  • Candidates for Advanced Subsidiary (AS) certification will take Papers 1, 2 and  31 at a single examination session.
  • Candidates who, having received AS certification, wish to continue their studies to the full Advanced Level qualification may carry their AS marks forward and take just Papers 4 and 5 in the examination session in which they require certification.
  • Candidates taking the complete Advanced Level qualification at the end of the course take all five papers in a single examination session.

Candidates may not enter for single papers either on the first occasion or for re-sit purposes.
Candidates may only enter for the papers in the combinations indicated above.



 Type of Paper




AS Level

A Level


  AS – Multiple Choice

 1 hour





  AS – Structured Questions

 1 hour 15 min





  AS – Advanced Practical Skills

 2 hours





  A2 – Structured Questions

 2 hours





  A2 – Planning, Analysis and Evaluation

 1 hour 15 min




Paper 41

This paper consists of a variable number of free response style questions of variable mark value. All questions will be based on the A Level syllabus but may require knowledge of material first encountered in the AS Level syllabus. Candidates will answer all questions. Candidates will answer on the question paper. [100 marks]

Paper 51

This paper consists of a variable number of questions of variable mark value based on the practical skills of planning, analysis and evaluation. The context of the questions may be outside the syllabus content, but candidates will be assessed on their practical skills of planning, analysis and evaluation rather than their knowledge of theory. Candidates will answer all questions. Candidates will answer on the question paper. [30 marks]

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