Chemistry A level at Balcarras School
Chemistry develops experimental skills and increases a student’s ability to handle, apply and evaluate information as well as extend their knowledge and understanding of scientific theories and applications. The students will discover how and why the atoms and molecules that make up every chemical react and behave; which will enable students to have a greater awareness of the way the material world works. Chemistry will be a stimulating, highly academic challenge as well as a course full of exciting and varied activity. It is worth noting that chemistry is essential for students wishing to pursue a career in medicine, veterinary science, dentistry or pharmacy.
The AS-level in Chemistry A specification content is divided into four teaching modules. Both exam papers assess all four 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
Learners studying the A-level study modules 1 to 4 and then continue with the A-level only modules 5 and 6 in Year 13. The internally assessed Practical Endorsement skills also form part of the full A-level.
Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements
Module 6 - Organic chemistry and analysis
BB Double award science or B in chemistry, B in mathematics. The A-level course will allow a co-teachable AS to be taken by Year 12 students.
Examination Board – OCR
Unit 1: Breadth in Chemistry 70 marks, 1½ hrs - 50% of total AS-level
Unit 2: Depth in Chemistry 70 marks, 1½ hrs - 50% of total AS-level
Unit 1: Periodic table, elements 100 marks and is split, 2¼ hrs - 37% of total A-level and physical chemistry into two sections and assesses content from teaching modules 1, 2, 3 and 5
Unit 2: Synthesis and 100 marks and is split, 2¼ hrs - 37% of total A-level analytical techniques into two sections and assesses content from teaching modules 1, 2, 4 and 6
Unit 3: Unified chemistry 70 marks across all teaching modules 1 to 6, 1½ hrs - 26% of total A-level
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Balcarras School directly.