summer 2019

Each academic year all resources are checked to see if they are current - any alterations are always provided free to customers until such a time as a radical overhaul is done to a syllabus.

Please find below the relevant details regarding your latest UK specification for Chemistry, whether AS or A2.

All information on this page

is correct as of 2nd August 2019




For the second year running, the AQA specification remains unchanged.


Good news for AQA teachers!


The latest version can be found here:




The CIE specification found here is the latest version:

It remains unchanged from last summer 2018. Good news for CIE teachers!

The only new thing I noticed on the link above, was a new document called ‘Managing science practicals’ which might be useful to those of you new to running the practicals for Paper 3.


If you need help with Paper 3 then please email me and we can Skype and I can help you with any questions you have – I remember it can be quite daunting when you are in a new country, with a new exam board and running a CIE practical examination for the first time!


There is a new version of this specification (Version 2.4 released in January) which replaces version 2.1 which I commented on this time last year. Don’t panic – but there are over 200 changes!  Of those 200 changes, 120 are text changes the rest are changes to graphics, headers and footers etc.

Thankfully, you only need to worry about 2 tiny changes (1 & 2) that probably wouldn't affect what you do in the classroom! Changes 3-5 are to do with organising the course and examination protocol.

Nothing is changed in terms of the content or the layout of the syllabus but here are the things you need to know about:

  1. Page 15 – extra clarity for Learning outcome 2.1.3 (a) where it now states: "In recognition of IUPAC’s review, we will accept both the classical (carbon-12 based) and revised (Avogadro constant based) definitions of the mole in examinations from June 2018 onwards (see ""

  2. Page 26 - extra clarity for Learning outcome 3.2.1 (f)

    1. ‘explanation of the term average bond enthalpy (breaking of 1 mol of bonds in gaseous molecules)’ becomes ‘explanation  of the term average bond enthalpy (as the breaking of 1 mol of bonds in gaseous molecules)’ and ‘Definition of average bond enthalpy not required.’ Becomes Formal definition  of average bond enthalpy not required.’

  3. The ‘Head of Centre Declaration’ has had some extra detail added on page 69 which might be sensible to read just in case.

  4. A new section”NEA Centre Declaration Form: Practical Science Statement” has been added – this may be relevant to you, so it is worth looking at on page 70.

  5. A new section “Carrying forward the Practical Endorsement in Chemistry” can be found on page 71


For completion’s sake - section 3d has been reworded but the point they are making about re-sits is the same. Interestingly enough they are now referring to our students as ‘learners’ and not ‘candidates’ – you can draw your own conclusions as to what that might mean!


The latest version of the specification can be found here:




There are no changes to any of the chemistry content – good news for EdExcel teachers!

There are two minor changes to some of the later ‘non-chemistry’ sections.


A new section ‘Further information’ has been added to page 51 – it talks about teacher involvement and administration of coursework.

‘Appendix 3: Codes’ on page 71 the 'discount codes' entry has been re-written so might be worth reading if this applies to any of your students. Also in the same section, the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) has become the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).


The EdExcel A-level specification found here is the latest version:


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