Chemistry at Nobel School
Awarding Body: OCR Chemistry A
Chemistry is about:
- making new materials;
- finding what materials are made of;
- understanding how and why materials change.
This course will enable you to:
- develop a knowledge and understanding of chemical ideas and the skills needed to use these ideas in new and changing situations;
- develop an understanding of the link between theory and experiment;
- be aware of how advances in information technology and instrumentation are used in Chemistry;
- appreciate the contributions of Chemistry to society and the responsible use of scientific knowledge and evidence;
This course will appeal to students who:
- wish to follow a career in Chemistry;
- wish to follow a career in some other scientific field for which a knowledge of Chemistry will be an advantage;
- do not plan a career in Science but wish to be more informed about matters that affect all our lives;
- enjoy using their knowledge to make predictions about the nature and behaviour of materials;
- enjoy testing those predictions in the laboratory.
Students will be expected to have 5 or more GCSEs grade A*-B including at least Grade BB in Double Science or two Grade Bs in Separate Science subjects (You should only consider Chemistry at key stage 5 if you have sat higher tier Science at key stage 4).
Unit 1 - Atoms, Bonds and groups
Unit 2 - Chains, energy and resources
Unit 3 - Practical skills in Chemistry 1
Those students who wish only to study AS Level Chemistry will finish the course after these initial three modules.
Unit 4 - Rings, polymers and analysis
Unit 5 - Equilibria, Energetics and elements
Unit 6- Practical skills in Chemistry 2
You will find this course useful if you wish to follow a career in the following areas:
- scientific/medical research;
- environmental work;
- production/sales in many key industries, eg petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, plastics.
In Year 12 students will sit Unit 1 in January and complete the other units in June. In Year 13 students will sit Unit 4 in January and complete the course by June.
Re-sits will be available if required.
Extra Curricular Activities include:
- an industrial visit. Careers talk from Royal Society of Chemistry, Chemistry Taster day at University
- Lectures and study days
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nobel School directly.