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Chemistry at Oaklands Catholic School

Course description

This course will enable students to

  • Make decisions about the way chemistry affects everyday life by applying concepts into contemporary areas of chemistry including climate change, green chemistry and pharmaceuticals
  • Develop a range of generic skills requested by employers end universities such as problem-solving, oral and written communication, bundling data and ICT. Build up a range of practical skills that require creativity and accuracy as well as developing a firm understanding of Health and Safety issues.
  • Work effectively as part of a group developing team participation and leadership skills.
  • Take responsibility for selecting appropriate qualitative and quantitative methods, recording your observations accurately and precisely as well as critically analysing and evaluating the methodology, results and impact of your own and others' experimental and investigative activities.

Course content

Students will study two modules in Year 12 and complete core practicals to develop laboratory skills. A similar structure also applies in Year 13 with laboratory skills
assessed in a third exam paper.

Lessons will vary in format from lecture style to research, independent learning,
practical and investigative work. Students are expected to keep a coherent folder of notes, exercises and practical write-ups throughout the course. Background
reading should be done on a regular basis as well as keeping up to date with current trends by watching relevant TV programmes and reading science magazines

Unit 1 AS
Core Inorganic and Physical Chemistry

  • Formulae, equations and amounts of substance
  • Redox 1
  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding & Structure
  • Introductory Inorganic chemistry and the Periodic Table

Unit 2 AS
Core Organic and Physical Chemistry

  • Bonding and Structure
  • Formulae, equations and amounts of substance
  • Organic chemistry - 1
  • Modern Analytical Techniques 1
  • Energetics 1
  • Kinetics 1
  • Equilibria 1

Unit 3 AS
Chemistry Laboratory Skills 1

  • Internally assessed by the teacher throughout the core course by practicals.

Unit 1 A Level
Advanced Inorganic and Physical Chemistry

  • Topic 1: Atomic structure and the Periodic Table
  • Topic 2: Bonding and Structure
  • Topic 3: Redox I
  • Topic 4: Inorganic Chemistry and the Periodic Table
  • Topic 5: Formulae, Equations and Amounts of Substance
  • Topic 6: Organic Chemistry I
  • Topic 7: Modern Analytical Techniques I
  • Topic 8: Energetics I
  • Topic 9: Kinetics I
  • Topic 10: Equilibrium I
  • Topic 11: Equilibrium II
  • Topic 12: Acid-base Equilibria
  • Topic 13: Energetics II
  • Topic 14: Redox II
  • Topic 15: Transition Metals

Unit 2 A Level
Advanced Organic and Physical Chemistry

  • Topic 1: Atomic structure and the Periodic Table
  • Topic 2: Bonding and Structure
  • Topic 3: Redox I
  • Topic 4: Inorganic Chemistry and the Periodic Table
  • Topic 5: Formulae, Equations and Amounts of Substance
  • Topic 6: Organic Chemistry I
  • Topic 7: Modern Analytical Techniques I
  • Topic 8: Energetics I
  • Topic 9: Kinetics I
  • Topic 10: Equilibrium I
  • Topic 16: Kinetics II
  • Topic 17: Organic Chemistry II
  • Topic 18: Organic Chemistry III
  • Topic 19: Modern Analytical Techniques II

Unit 3 A Level
General and Practical Principles in Chemistry

Questions in this paper may draw on any of the topics in this specification.
 

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths. GCSE Science grade B is essential.

Assessment

Unit 1 AS
Core Inorganic and Physical Chemistry

Examination of 90mins: Mixture of multiple choice, short answer, extended answer questions and mathematical calculations.

Unit 2 AS
Core Organic and Physical Chemistry

Examination of 90mins: Mixture of multiple choice, short answer, extended answer questions and mathematical calculations.

Unit 3 AS
Chemistry Laboratory Skills 1

Internally assessed by the teacher throughout the core course by practicals.
No contribution towards AS grade.  Exam papers will include questions based on core practicals.

Unit 1 A Level
Advanced Inorganic and Physical Chemistry

Examination of 1hr 45min : May include multiple-choice, objective test questions, mixture of short answer and extended answer questions, contemporary context questions and mathematical calculations (level 2 and above).

Unit 3 A Level
General and Practical Principles in Chemistry

The paper will include questions that assess conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods (indirect practical skills) that will draw on  students’ experiences of the core practicals.

 

 

Future opportunities

An A level in Chemistry is essential for courses such as Medicine, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Chemical Engineering.

Whilst many job opportunities specifically using chemistry require higher qualifications, most laboratory based jobs benefit from a chemistry qualification, for instance dental assistant or veterinary assistant. Many employers view success at GCE Chemistry as a clear indication of sound academic ability.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 March 2016

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