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Chemistry A level at Balcarras School

Course description

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.

Course content

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

Entry requirements

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.

Assessment

Examination Board – OCR

AS-level

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

A-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.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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