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Chemistry - OCR A Level at Countesthorpe Leysland Community College

Course description

Head of Department: Mrs. K. Fox

 

Department Information

The Chemistry Department has a wide range of teachers all with Chemistry specialisms. They have an extensive knowledge about the subject and are passionate about passing their knowledge onto the pupils.​

 

The Chemistry Department has a wide range of teachers all with Chemistry specialisms. They have an extensive knowledge about the subject and are passionate about passing their knowledge onto the pupils.

 

The labs are all fully kitted out with all the equipment needed for the various practical activities.

Pupils are encouraged in taking part in a variety of Chemistry competitions throughout the year and are continuously challenged both within and outside of the classroom.

 

Why study this course?

Chemistry underpins the world around us, so being able to study chemistry is like learning why the world is how it is. Chemistry fits well with the other science A-levels and Mathematics, and is usually the required A level for most medical science courses at University, particularly Medicine. You will be able to gain a range of skills from problem solving, team work, practical and mathematical which will help you in any chosen career.

Course content

Aims of the course

· Have Chemistry content laid out clearly in a series of teaching modules with additional guidance added where required.

· Have a range of practicals which are embedded within the lessons.

· Allow pupils to develop their own skills independently.

 

Course outline

The course has been designed to deliver the content modules (Modules 2–6) using the customised course. ​Practical work done to support teaching of the content will serve to cover the requirements of the practical skills module (Module 1), which is assessed in written examinations and through the Practical Endorsement. The specification is divided into chemical topics, each containing different key concepts of chemistry. Certain topics are split over modules, to facilitate co-teaching of the AS Level qualification in Chemistry A with the first year of A Level.

 

 

 

 

 

Content is split into six teaching modules:

 

• Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry

 

• Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry

 

• Module 3 – Periodic table and energy

 

• Module 4 – Core organic chemistry

 

• Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements

 

• Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis ​.

Entry requirements

At least a grade 6 in Triple Science/Chemistry at GCSE or grade 6 in Combined Science at GCSE.

A minimum grade of 5 in Mathematics at GCSE is slao required.

Assessment

How am I assessed?

There are 3 exams at the end of Year 13 which are;

 

Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry - 37% of total A level

 

Synthesis and analytical techniques - 37% of total A level

 

Unified chemistry - 26% of total A level​

Future opportunities

Where does this course lead?

Choosing Chemistry as a career path can lead into the pharmaceutical, food, plastics, engineering, metals, geological and manufacturing industries. The skills developed throughout the course are a good grounding for many other professions.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 04 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 year

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