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Chemistry OCR A Level at Kingdown School

Course description

To succeed in A Level Chemistry students must have the ability to work independently and be self-motivated. There is an increased mathematical element to the new courses, hence students are recommended to be studying Maths to support their Chemistry.

Note that the course also requires attendance at additional tutorial sessions after school for some students; a commitment to attend these sessions is a pre-requisite for acceptance.

Course content

Much of the A Level Chemistry course builds directly from GCSE Chemistry, or GCSE Additional Science, developing much greater depth of understanding of the topics studied.

These topics include: The Periodic Table, Bonding, Rates of reaction, Equilibria, Acids and bases and Hydrocarbon Chemistry.

There is also the opportunity to study aspects of Chemistry that are not approached at GCSE.

These topics include: Transition metals, Acids, bases and buffers, Electrochemistry, Aromatic Chemistry, Carbonyl Chemistry and Analytical techniques and spectroscopy.

There may also be some biochemistry included depending on the final specifications. 

Entry requirements

GCSE English and Maths (at grades 9-6) plus 3 GCSEs at grades A*-C including A* - B in Chemistry or Additional Science.

It is preferred that a Post 16 Maths Course is studied alongside other options. 

Assessment

Chemistry is a practical subject and, where possible, concepts are taught through experiments.

Future opportunities

This course is an excellent foundation for many higher education courses, including Engineering, many Mathematical based degrees and is essential for nearly all medical based courses (including Veterinary Science), Chemistry, Medicinal chemistry, Biochemistry and forensic courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kingdown School directly.

Last updated date: 21 December 2016
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