Universities value learners who have a thorough understanding of key concepts in chemistry, an
in-depth knowledge of chemistry’s most important themes and strong practical skills. Cambridge
International AS and A Level Chemistry helps learners develop the knowledge and skills that will
prepare them for successful university study.
Our learners also develop lifelong skills of scientific enquiry, confidence in technology, and
communication and teamwork skills.
The key concepts on which this syllabus is built are set out below. These key concepts can help teachers
think about how to approach each syllabus topic in order to encourage learners to make links between
topics and develop a deep overall understanding of the subject. The teaching support package gives
teachers guidance on integrating the key concepts into their teaching. See page 7 for more information on
our teacher support.
As a teacher, you will refer to these concepts again and again to help unify the subject and make sense of it.
If mastered, learners can use the concepts to solve problems or to understand unfamiliar subject-related
• Atoms and forces
Matter is built from atoms interacting and bonding through electrostatic forces. The structure of matter
affects its physical and chemical properties, and influences how substances react chemically.
• Experiments and evidence
Chemists use evidence gained from observations and experiments to build models and theories of the
structure and reactivity of materials.
• Patterns in chemical behaviour and reactions
By identifying patterns in chemical behaviour we can predict the properties of substances and how they
can be transformed into new substances by chemical reactions. This allows us to design new materials
of use to society.
• Chemical bonds
The understanding of how chemical bonds are made and broken by the movement of electrons allows
us to predict patterns of reactivity.
• Energy changes
The energy changes that take place during chemical reactions can be used to predict both the extent
and the rate of such reactions.
This course is 5 months long, with 2hour classes on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The total fee for this course is Rs25000 to be paid at the beginning of the course.