CHEMISTRY A LEVEL
Examination Board: OCR
Course tutors: Mr J. Midgley Mr P. Fernando Mrs H. Beasley
Careers: Chemistry is an essential subject for careers involving chemistry, chemical engineering, medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, and pharmacy and is desirable for many other related careers.
Course Outline: AS level is a stand alone qualification, which is co-teachable with A2 level. The students will build on the knowledge they have from GCSE Chemistry or GCSE Additional Science and will study some familiar topics, such as atomic structure, bonding and the Periodic Table in more depth. There will also be topics that are newer to the students, such as energy and resources. The students will carry out a variety of experiments in pairs and individually, so they can develop good practical skills as well as learn how to analyse and evaluate their results.
Teaching and Learning Styles: Formal input by Teachers/Presentations/Use of workbooks in lessons/Practical work in pairs and individually/ on line simulations / videos and a wide variety of assessment techniques. Homework will include written answers on worksheets/research and presentation of a topic/revision for tests.
Paper 1 Written Paper on Breadth in Chemistry 50%
Paper 2 Written Paper on Depth in Chemistry 50%,
Practical Assessment has been withdrawn from Science A Levels. Practical skills will be implicitly tested in examination questions. Ofqual have not yet decided how this will be facilitated or moderated.
Course Outline: A2 Chemistry builds on the knowledge and skills developed at AS Level.
Unit 4 consists of further Organic Chemistry and Unit 5 considers the quantitative aspects of rate, equilibrium, pH and energy as well as the study of the Transition Elements. Practical skills continue to be developed with a variety of different experiments.
Teaching and Learning Styles: Formal input by teachers, presentations, use of workbooks in lessons, practical work in pairs and individually. Homework will include written answers on worksheets, research and presentation of a topic or revision for tests.
Paper 1 Periodic Table, Elements, Physical Chemistry 37%
Paper 2 Synthesis and Analytical Skills 37%
Paper 3 Unified Chemistry 26%
IB: Group 4: Experimental Sciences
Chemistry HL & SL
Chemistry is an experimental science that combines academic study with the acquisition of practical and investigational skills. It is called the central science, as chemical principles underpin both the physical environment in which we live and all biological systems.
Throughout this challenging course, students become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other. Further, students enjoy multiple opportunities for scientific study and creative inquiry within a global context. In addition to studying the academic subject, students gain an awareness of the moral, ethical, social, economic and environmental implications of using science and technology, and develop an appreciation of the possibilities and limitations associated with science and scientists. Apart from being a subject worthy of study in its own right, chemistry is a prerequisite for many other courses in higher education, such as medicine, biological science and environmental science, and serves as useful preparation for employment.
All students study a core curriculum which includes; Quantitative Chemistry, Atomic Structure, Periodicity, Bonding, Energetics, Kinetics, Equilibrium, Acids and Bases, Oxidation and Reduction, Organic Chemistry and Measurement and Data Processing. Embedded throughout the teaching is the overarching philosophy of the Nature of Science. Students also choose 1 from 4 options including Materials, Energy, Biochemistry and Medicinal Chemistry.
HIGHER Level : Multiple choice 20%, Structured questions 36%, Data & options 24%, Internal Assessment 20%
STANDARD Level : Multiple choice 20%, Structured questions 40%, Data & options 20%, Internal Assessment 20%
The Internal Assessment component is now one 10 hour experiment at the end of Year 12.
The Royal Society of Chemistry have two websites available for A level students.
Click here for their studentzone website which has science based computer games, information on careers, help with homework and exams and links to other useful websites.
You have the opportunity to join Chemnet for A level students. This will give up-to-date information through regular publications as well as joining an online discussion forum with other members.
Medlink and Vet-Medlink Conferences
Every December a group of Year 12 students who are interested in studying Medicine or Veterinary Medicine attend these conferences at the University of Nottingham.
Click here for more information about Medlink.
Click here for more information about Vet-Medlink.
Pre-Medicine course for Year 12
This 4 day course has been organised by the Medical Specialist Group and is based at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital. It takes place in June following the AS examinations. Students meet local doctors and other medical staff and gain a wide experience of the medical profession.
Eton College Universities Summer School
This is a ten day residential course for students at the end of Year 12. It is suitable for students considering applying for Oxford or Cambridge Universities.
Applications must reach Eton College by 1st March.
Download an application form by clicking here.