Awarding Body:OCRCourse Duration:1/2 Years

Minimum Entry Requirements

5 A* - C grade GCSEs, including English and an A and a B in ONE of the following combinations:

  • Additional Science GCSE and Maths GCSE
  • Biology or Chemistry or Physics GCSE and Maths GCSE

Course Content

In both AS and A2, this course links chemical theory to real life applications:

AS modules include:

Practical skills: planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation
Foundations in Chemistry: atomic structure, bonding, moles, acid-base and redox reactions
Periodic table and energy: Groups 2 and 7, periodicity, enthalpy changes, qualitative analysis, reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative)
Core organic Chemistry: hydrocarbons, alcohols, haloalkanes, organic synthesis, infra-red spectroscopy and mass spectrometry.

A2 modules include:

Physical Chemistry, transition elements: quantitative treatment of equilibrium and reaction rates, pH and buffers, enthalpy, entropy and free energy, electrode potentials, transition elements
Organic Chemistry and analysis: aromatic compounds, carbonyl compounds, carboxylic acids and esters, nitrogen compounds, polymers, organic synthesis, chromatography and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

Methods of Teaching

Two teachers manage the teaching and learning of the AS/A2 course. You are expected to be attentive, focusing on work set, to participate in class discussions, and to carry out experimental work carefully. Homework includes: reading textbooks, making summary notes, answering set questions, and preparing for tests and exams. Frequent homework/private study is essential for success in this subject.

Videos, intranet and internet resources reinforce visual learning. Model making and practical work develop your practical skills and reinforces kinaesthetic learning.
Workshops are held Monday-Friday offering help as required with individual problems.

Methods and Patterns of Assessment

The AS assessment consists of two 1.5 hour written exams of equal weighting taken in May/June

In A2, there are three written exams taken in June.

There is also a ‘practical endorsement’, a certificate of competence in experimental skills, assessed on several occasions throughout the course.

Financial Implications

You need to buy the course textbook, published by OUP. Details to follow. The college provides lab coats, safety spectacles, goggles, books for class use, but you need to provide your own stationery and scientific calculator. The college has a student support fund for students needing help in meeting these costs.

Career Progression

Advanced level Chemistry is essential for further study of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, and recommended for Biology, Forensic Science, Geology, Geography, Oceanography, and Environmental Science.

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