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Chemistry

 

The OCR (Specification A) A-Level Chemistry course is designed to be a natural continuation of GCSE Chemistry and involves the study of the three major branches of the subject: organic, inorganic and physical chemistry.   It is considered to be the central science because of its links with other scientific disciplines.  As you learn to develop a logical, analytical approach to solving problems, it can be both an exciting and challenging subject.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for the course is grade 7 or above at GCSE Chemistry or equivalent grades at GCSE Double Award Science. We would, however recommend a grade 8 or above.  Sound mathematical skills are also required. 

Module 1: Development of practical skills in chemistry

Module 2: Foundations in chemistry

Module 3: Periodic table and energy

Module 4: Core organic chemistry

Module 5: Physical chemistry and transition elements

Module 6: Organic chemistry and analysis

Assessment Overview

Paper 1: Periodic table, elements & physical chemistry(modules 1,2,3 & 5), 2hr 15, 37%

Paper 2: Synthesis & analytical techniques (modules 1,2,4 & 6), 2hr 15, 37%

Paper 3: Unified chemistry (all modules), 1 hr 30, 26%

Non-exam: Practical Endorsement for chemistry: Reported separately (does not count towards the A-Level)

The teaching of practical skills is an integral part of the course and Sixth-Formers will be required to develop their skills (planning, implementation, analysis and evaluation). Throughout the two year course, Sixth-Formers’ practical competence (use of particular apparatus and techniques) will be recorded and assessed internally as part of the Practical Endorsement for Chemistry

Career Opportunities

Demand for people with qualifications in Chemistry is high. Chemistry graduates are sought after to work on industrial and academic research, in the chemical industry, the financial world, in management and in many other areas where numeracy and other problem solving skills are valued. 

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