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There have been major changes between the 2015 and 2016 syllabuses, and it is essential that you choose the right syllabus to work from.


This is for the identical 2014 and 2015 syllabuses. Use it if you are doing:

  • any exam in 2014;
  • any exam in 2015, even if your final exam is in 2016.

1. Atoms, molecules and stoichiometry

2. Atomic structure

3. Chemical bonding

4. States of matter

5. Chemical energetics

6. Electrochemistry

7. Equilibria

8. Reaction kinetics

9.1 The periodic table: chemical periodicity

9.2 Group II

9.3 Group IV

9.4 Group VII

9.5 An introduction to the chemistry of transition elements

9.6 Nitrogen and sulfur

10.1 Organic Chemistry: Introductory topics

10.2 Hydrocarbons

10.3 Halogen derivatives

10.4 Hydroxy compounds

10.5 Carbonyl compounds

10.6 Carboxylic acids and derivatives

10.7 Nitrogen compounds

10.8 Polymerisation

11.1 Applications of chemistry: The chemistry of life

11.2 Applications of chemistry: Applications of analytical chemistry

11.3 Applications of chemistry: Design and materials


This is for the 2016 syllabus. Use it only if you are doing:

  • a course which doesn't involve doing AS in 2015 - i.e. if you are doing all papers 1-5 in 2016 for the first time.

1. Atoms, molecules and stoichiometry

2. Atomic structure

3. Chemical bonding

4. States of matter

5. Chemical energetics

6. Electrochemistry

7. Equilibria

8. Reaction kinetics

9 The periodic table: chemical periodicity

10 Group 2

11 Group 17 (Group VII)

12 An introduction to the chemistry of transition elements

13 Nitrogen and sulfur

14 An introduction to organic chemistry

15 Hydrocarbons

16 Halogen derivatives

17 Hydroxy compounds

18 Carbonyl compounds

19 Carboxylic acids and derivatives

20 Nitrogen compounds

21 Polymerisation

22 Analytical techniques

23 Organic synthesis


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