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Chemistry (Pre-U) *FEES PAYABLE* at Oundle School

Course description

Cambridge Pre-U Chemistry offers a practical and theoretical approach to the teaching of chemistry and provides a study of the subject in a manner that is both thought-provoking and logical in its application. It is highly suitable for pupils considering a degree in the subject or a related course. The material covered highlights the principles that unify the subject and seeks to examine them through their application to chemical situations rather than isolated questions. Many of the ideas are taken to a further level of detail than a traditional A level course, including the study of Organic Chemistry at the functional group level, Van Arkel diagrams, anti-bonding orbitals and carbon-13 NMR.


Course content

Paper 1 Multiple Choice 1 hour [15%] This paper has 40 multiple choice questions from the whole course.

Paper 2 Structured Questions 2¼ hours [35%] Questions cover atomic structure, bonding, energy changes, free energy and entropy, equilibrium, gases, kinetics, main group and transition element chemistry, crystal structures, alkenes, alcohols, carbonyl compounds and green chemistry. Some practical knowledge is assessed.

Paper 3 Structured Questions 2¼ hours [35%] Questions cover all of the Paper 2 topics plus carboxylic acids, mechanisms, aromatic compounds, stereochemistry, instrumental analysis (including mass spectrometry, ir, nmr, atomic spectroscopy) and quantitative analysis (including acid-base and redox titrations).

Paper 4 Practical Examination 2 hours [15%] This involves a question on qualitative inorganic or organic analysis and one or more questions on quantitative analysis. The latter may involve a volumetric problem requiring titration, the measurement of enthalpy changes or reaction rate, thermometric titration or a gravimetric exercise.


As with all the linear courses, examinations are all taken at the end of the Upper Sixth. Grading is on a D1 (First Class Distinction) through Merit (1-3) to P3 (Third Class Pass) scale.

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How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 November 2016
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