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Chemistry at Tring School

Course description

Awarding Body: OCR

Option Blocks: B and C

The Chemistry A Level course builds on the work of the GCSE Science courses.

The Chemistry A Level course studied at Tring School sets out to develop a sound understanding of modern chemistry and chemical technology. Students build on knowledge and understanding form GCSE by extending ideas of quantitive and analytical chemistry, periodic table patterns, chemistry of Groups 2 and 7, structure and bonding, rates and equilibrium.

Organic chemistry is introduced in more depth than GCSE. 'How science works' considerations help students to ephasis applications of chemistry and their technological, industrial, economic and social implications.

Chemistry is the study of substances and their interaction with energy. It is a fundamental and developing science which has applications in every field of human endeavour, from agriculture to the manufacture of electronic circuits.


Course content

AS Level


1. Atoms and reactions. Development of the modern theory of atomic structure. How chemists count atoms, and how to use that knowledge in chemical equations.

Key reactions such as oxidation and reduction.

2. Electrons, bonding and structure

Types of bonding, why different compound have distinct chemical formulae, explore chemical properties and structures relating to bond type and forces between molecules.

3. The Periodic table Trend and patterns in the periodic table. Relationship between ionisation energy, electron configuration and reactivity. Group 2 and Group 7.


1. Basic concept and hydrocarbons. Organic chemistry, naming, reactions, hydrocarbons, value to modern society and environmental impact of their use.

2 Alcohols, halogenoalkanes and analysis. Physical and chemical properties, mass spectrometry, infra-red spectrometry

3 Energy Enthalpy, equilibrium, rates of reactions

4 Resources Greenhouse effect, climate change, ozone layer, green chemistry

A2 Level


1. Rings, acids and amines. Aromatic chemistry, carbonyl compounds, carboxlic acids, esters and amines

2. Polymers and synthesis Amino acids, protein building, condensation reactions, synthesis of aliphatic and aromatic compounds and clarity in pharmaceutical synthesis

3.Analysis Chromatography, gas chromatography, nuclear magnetic resonance and combined techniques


1. Rates, equilibrium and pH Relationship between kinetics and equilibrium. pH scale and how acidity linked to chemical equilibrium

2.Energy Enthalpy, entropy energy changes and electrode potentials

3. Transition elements. Transition elements properties and uses. Reactions and complex ions. Redox reactions.

Entry requirements

B or above in GCSE Chemistry or BB or above in GCSE Science plus a grade C or above in GCSE Maths

For Year 13 students need to achieve a grade D or above.


Practical skills are developed during the course and are assessed in controlled practical skills tests timed appropriately as an integral part of the course.

F321 Atoms, bonds and groups 1 hour AS 30% A2 15%

F322 Chains, energy and resources 1 hour 45 mins AS 50% A2 25%

F323 Practical skills in chemistry 1 - task set by OCR AS 20% A2 10% A2 Units

F324 Rings, polymers and analysis 1 hour 15 minutes 15% F325 Equilibria, energetics and elements - including stretch and challenge and synoptic assessment 2 hours 25%

F326 Practical skills in chemistry 2 - task set by OCR 10%

Future opportunities

Chemistry occupies a central and pivotal position in the sciences and its study develops an appreciation of many aspects of our complex and technical society. Its study opens up many career prospects in the chemical industry e.g. petrochemicals, formulations and household products, polymers, bulk commodities and speciality chemicals. It is also a pre-requisite for other careers e.g. medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, pharmacy, food science, agricultural science, engineering and many, many more. Potential employers also value the analytical and conceptual skills that are developed during the study of chemistry. Such skills, coupled with the ability to work in a meticulous and accurate manner, enable chemistry students to pursue careers within, or outside, the vast area of Science

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tring School directly.

Last updated date: 12 November 2012
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year