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Reformed Chemistry at John Willmott School (JWS)

Course description

LEVEL AS/A2 Level

EXAMINATION BOARD OCR

Course content

The Specification is divided into chemical topics each containing different key concepts of chemistry.

Students study the AS level components in Y12 and the A level components in Y13.

At the end of Y12 students are assessed and need to be successful to be in AS level assessments to move onto the A level course.

At the end of Y13 students must be assessed on the entire content of A level and A level using the A level assessments, which have a more challenging format than the AS level assessments.

Students must also complete 12 practical tasks during Y12 and Y13 to gain the practical endorsement and be awarded the A level.

Entry requirements

For the AS course, you will need a B Grade in Maths and Science (A grade preferred) and a C Grade in English at GCSE Level.

You will need to be successful in the AS course in order to continue to do the A2 Level.

Assessment

SPECIFICATION AND UNITS OF STUDY

AS Units Studied:

Module 1 Practical skills.

Module 2 Foundations in Chemistry - Atoms, bonding and redox reactions.

Module 3 Periodic Table and Energy - Group 2, the halogens, reaction rates, enthalpy and equilibrium.

Module 4 Core Organic Chemistry - Hydrocarbons, alcohols, organic synthesis and analytical techniques.

 

Assessment:

Paper 1 containing multiple choice and structured questions on modules 1, 2, 3 and 4.  This paper assesses a student’s breadth of knowledge.

Paper 2 containing short and longer questions on modules 1, 2, 3 and 4.  This paper assesses a student’s depth of knowledge.

 

A2 Units Studied:

Module 5 Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements - pH, buffers, enthalpy, entropy, reaction rates and equilibrium.

Module 6 Organic chemistry and Analysis - Aromatic, carbonyl and carboxylic compounds. NMR, Polymers and organic synthesis.

Assessment:

Paper 1 containing short, extended and multiple choice questions on modules 1, 2, 3 and 5.  This paper assesses a student’s understanding of the periodic table and physical chemistry.

Paper 2 containing short, extended and multiple choice questions on modules 1, 2, 4 and 6.  This paper assesses a student’s understanding of synthesis and analytical chemistry.

Paper 3 containing short and extended questions on the whole course.

Future opportunities

WHERE CAN THE COURSE LEAD?

Many scientific courses at University are readily available together with many non-scientific courses e.g. Accountancy, Law, Business Management.

Most Biological Degree courses require an ‘A’ Level in Chemistry.  Regardless of the course you want to study at University or career you want to take, Chemistry is a highly regarded subject.

Further information

WHO TO CONTACT FOR INFORMATION Mrs P Patel

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John Willmott School (JWS) directly.

Last updated date: 11 November 2014
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