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Chemistry Level 3 AS & A2 at Woodkirk Academy

Course description

Specification Salters OCR 'A' Level Chemistry

You will study the practical applications of chemistry in industry, medicine and the environment. This includes studying fuels of the future, designing new polymers, restoring oil paintings and the development of new medicines.

The course is written as a series of units based on contemporary issues in chemistry. You will study the chemistry in a spiral way, so that chemical ideas introduced in an early topic are reinforced later. The 'drip-feed' approach to teaching and learning chemical principles will allow you to revisit a particular topic several times during the course, each time taking your knowledge and understanding a step further.

A varied teaching repertoire, including a mixture of practical work, group work, individual investigations and ICT, is used to suit all learning styles. Progress is monitored by homework tasks, monthly tests and regular tutorial sessions. When necessary, extra tuition is provided in after school revision workshops to help you achieve your target grades.

Course content

The AS modules allow you to develop a firm knowledge of chemical principles, which is then developed through the A2 modules. You will undertake practical work in five skill areas, which are assessed throughout the course to help you achieve your best possible mark. The individual investigation in Year 13 allows you to conduct an extended project of your choice.

We have good links with Leeds University and you will usually have the opportunity to attend a Sixth Form practical session in Year 12. Industrial visits are arranged when possible.


Exam Structure

'AS' Chemistry

'A2' Chemistry

Future opportunities

Potential HE links and Career Opportunities

Pupils usually attend a sixth form practical session at Leeds University in year 12 and workshops or lectures at other universities during the course. Industrial visits are arranged when possible.

Career opportunities are numerous and varied as Chemistry is the central science. These include medicine, dentistry, forensic science, physiotherapy, sports science, environmental science, engineering, pharmacy and law.

Further information

' Chemistry at A level is well worth taking. It's challenging but very rewarding and if you need help the teachers are always eager and willing to help.'

Anthony Hartley - Year 13

' When I first took chemistry, it seemed like a compulsory option. Since then I have learnt it can be utterly fascinating and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting a high level career. Lessons contain all sorts of skills and it is amazing to see at the end of the module both how they fit together and work you did to get there.'

Chante Lee - Year 13

How to apply

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Unknown
  • Duration: 2 Years