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Chemistry A Level (OCR) at Hampton Sixth Form

Course description

A Level Chemistry builds upon the work that students have done at GCSE, but aims to broaden and deepen students’ knowledge and understanding. Students will study aspects of chemistry that are often in the media, such as climate change, green chemistry, pharmaceuticals and chemistry research.
 
Students complete a number of units over the two years. In all units, they are expected to develop the skills of writing formulae, chemical equations and calculating quantities.
 
Year 12 (AS)
 
Initially students will focus on developing an understanding of the foundations of chemistry including chemical bonding, electron structure and acid-base reactions.
Following this, there will be a deeper development of understanding of the periodic table, with specific focus on group 2 and 7. In addition, students will develop their understanding of rates of reaction and equilibrium that were introduced at GCSE. In organic chemistry, students will study hydrocarbons, alcohols and halogenoalkanes before being introduced to some analytical techniques.
 
Practical knowledge is assessed through the exam papers.
 
Year 13 (A2)
 
Students will use the second year of the course to further their understanding of some of the basics introduced in year 12. These include making quantitative judgements about rates of reaction and equilibrium and further understanding of other parts of the periodic table. In addition, students will look at an array of organic chemicals and how they are synthesised and analysed.
 
The practical component for A2 is assessed through a minimum of 12 practical opportunities where competency of skills is assessed within the classroom.

Entry requirements

Students would normally be expected to have achieved a minimum level of 6-6 in GCSE combined science or a 6 in GCSE Chemistry and ideally a grade 6 in GCSE Maths.  Chemistry has a large amount of mathematical content.

Applied Science GCSE is not a suitable preparation for A Level Chemistry.

Assessment

AS -      100% examination

            Examination is by two 90 minute examinations.

 

A2 –     100% examination

Examination is by three exams. The length of these exams varies depending on the exam board. In addition, at A2, there is a practical endorsement. This does not contribute to the overall grade and is reported as either pass or fail in addition to the end result.

 

This subject is linear in nature i.e. AS assessments do not count toward the final grade.

Future opportunities

A-level Chemistry students learn and develop skills that allows them to communicate, analyse, criticise, argue and discuss. A successful chemist will have good numeracy and literacy skills. The list of degree courses and career paths for which these skills are useful is almost endless.
 
Students wishing to study medicine would be advised to take A-level Chemistry.

Further information

Chemistry links with many subjects – it complements Physics and Biology; the climate and geology aspects link in with Geography; the biochemistry aspects link in with PE. 

Contact Mr Musson, Head of Department via e-mail: sixthform@hamptoncollege.org.uk

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: 13 October 2017
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  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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