What should I revise for AQA A Level chemistry Paper 2 (2024)?

How did Paper 1 go? It seems to have divided students – especially the long question on transition metals as catalysts! In this post, we’ll look at the content you should revise for AQA A Level chemistry Paper 2, including the topics that almost always come up, predictions for 2024, and common areas that students find difficult.

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Topics included in A Level chemistry AQA Paper 2

Paper 1 focuses on physical and inorganic chemistry; You can get a comprehensive list of topics on the AQA website, but the topics that can be covered are:

  • Amount of substance (mole calculations)
  • Bonding
  • Energetics (ΔH calculations, Hess’ Law)*
  • Kinetics
  • Equilibrium (Kc and Kp)
  • ALL of the organic chemistry
  • Relevant practical skills**

*There wasn’t a lot of this in Paper 1, so expect some in Paper 2 or 3!

**The practical skills will be related most likely to organic techniques such as reflux, distillation, recrystallisation, as well as techniques used to monitor reaction rates.

What are the most common topics for AQA chemistry A level Paper 2?

There are certain topics and types of question that are VERY LIKELY to come up and you should know these well, including:

  • Rate equation, orders
  • Tests for organic functional groups
  • Kc calculations*
  • Spectroscopy
  • Ideal gas and empirical formula calculations
  • Bonding and shapes of molecules

*Very likely this year since Kp was in Paper 1.

Predictions for AQA chemistry A Level Paper 2 2024?

Looking through past papers, I have a few extra predictions that you should focus on for this year’s paper:

  • Aromatic/benzene chemistry
  • Nucleophilic substitution reactions
  • Haloalkanes
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Elimination reactions (and isomers from that)
  • Recrystallisation

The video below summarises my predictions for AQA A Level chemistry paper 2 for 2024 – remember these are just educated guesses, so make sure you revise thoroughly and check out the predicted papers and revision classes if you’d like some more support!

Claire Costello-Kelly

Claire Costello-Kelly

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