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Chemistry at Nobel School

Course description

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;

Course content

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.

Entry requirements

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).

Assessment

AS Level

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.

A2 Level

Unit 4 - Rings, polymers and analysis

Unit 5 - Equilibria, Energetics and elements

Unit 6- Practical skills in Chemistry 2

Future opportunities

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.
  • writing/publication;
  • teaching.

Further information

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.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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