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A-Level

Chemistry

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Chemistry is the study of substances, what they are made of, how they interact and what role they play in living things. Chemistry is a highly valued and necessary qualification, required by universities when applying to study degrees in chemistry, medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmaceuticals and dentistry.

Exam Board

OCR A

Entry Requirements

GCSE grades 6-6 in combined science or a grade 6 in chemistry (if studied as a separate science) and a GCSE grade 6 in maths.

Any student entering the course having achieved GCSE maths grade 6 (not grade 7-9) will also be required to study the Core Maths programme in Year 12.

Assessment

  • 100% Exams
About this course FAQs An introduction to Chemistry Pathways Information

What is Chemistry?

Chemistry is the study of substances, what they are made of, how they interact and what role they play in living things. Chemistry is a highly valued and necessary qualification, required by universities when applying to study degrees in Chemistry, Medicine, Veterinary medicine, Pharmaceuticals and Dentistry.

 

What will I study?

The first year of the A level course will cover Organic Chemistry, including alkanes, alkenes, alcohols, haloalkanes and organic synthesis reactions, the Inorganic/Physical Chemistry including moles, bonding and structure, redox reactions, energy changes, reversible reactions and equilibria. In the second year you will develop a deeper knowledge and understanding and prepare for the external examinations. The course also includes a non-exam assessment practical endorsement.

 

MODULE 1: Development of practical skills in chemistry

Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement

 

MODULE 2: Foundations in Chemistry

2.1 Atoms and reactions

2.2 Electrons, bonding and structure

 

MODULE 3: Periodic Table and Energy

3.1 The periodic table

3.2 Physical chemistry

 

MODULE 4: Core Organic Chemistry

4.1 Basic concepts and hydrocarbons

4.2 Alcohols, haloalkanes and analysis

 

MODULE 5: Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements

5.1 Rates, equilibrium and pH

5.2 Energy

5.3 Transition elements

 

MODULE 6: Organic Chemistry and Analysis

6.1 Aromatic compounds, carbonyls and acids

6.2 Nitrogen compounds, polymers and synthesis

6.3 Analysis

 

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Assessments

There are 3 exams at A-Level and the practical endorsement is assessed across the 2 years:

  • Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (01) – 2 hours 15 mins – 37%
  • Synthesis and analytical techniques (02) – 2 hours 15 mins – 37%
  • Unified Chemistry (03) – 1 hour 30 mins – 26%
  • Practical endorsement in Chemistry (04) – Non-exam assessment

 

Trips, visits and enrichments:

  • The Chemistry Olympiad
  • Many chemistry students are involved with the progression pathways for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary and Pharmacy.

 

What can it lead to?

Students’ progress to degree programmes including Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, medical courses such as Medicine, Pharmacy, Optometry, Biomedical Science, Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry. Biochemistry and related subjects are also followed.

FAQs

Do I need to buy my own goggles?
Yes, but you can purchase them from the Chemistry department when you start.
Do I need to buy my own lab coat?
No, you are welcome to buy your own lab coat, but it is not required.
Do I need to study A-level Maths if I take Chemistry?
No, however there is a lot of applied maths in the course, so we find that Maths and Chemistry are an excellent combination of courses. Students who achieve a Grade 6 in their Maths GCSE will be required to study Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) alongside their A level in Chemistry.

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