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Chemistry AS and A level at The Emmbrook School

Course description

OCR AS and A level Chemistry provides you with a good understanding of the key chemical concepts. This includes problem solving, data interpretation and the development of practical skills integrated with theoretical topics. Areas covered include organic chemistry, atomic structure, enthalpy, entropy and free energy calculations, intra- and inter- molecular forces and bonding, the environmental impact and sustainability of chemical processes and the study of different analytical techniques such as NMR and IR spectroscopy. Chemistry at A level is essential if you are considering studying medicine, veterinary science or dentistry at university.

Course content

You may choose to take either the AS level in one year, or the full A level course over two years. The Chemistry course is split into six modules; modules 1 to 4 cover the AS content, while modules 1 to 6, combined with a Practical Endorsement make up the full A level.

AS The AS level comprises of 4 units; 1. Development of practical skills in chemistry, 2. Foundations in chemistry, 3. The periodic table and energy, 4. Core organic chemistry. There is no practical assessment for those completing the stand alone AS level, the planning, analysis and evaluation of practical work will be included in the written papers. There are 2 written exams each with equal weighting in the June exam series. A2 The A level course will cover the four units listed at AS, plus an additional two units; 5. Physical chemistry and transition elements, 6. Further organic chemistry and analysis.

Entry requirements

Minimum grade of B in Chemistry (triple award) or Science (double award), and B in Maths.



The A level will consist of 3 written exams, all of which will be taken in June of the second year of teaching. The assessment of practical work will be included both in the written exams and through a Practical Endorsement. This will assess students practical capabilities throughout the course and is issued alongside the A level grade as either a Pass or Fail.

Financial information

You will be expected to purchase the OCR approved AS and A level text books for this course. In addition a white lab coat would be useful, especially for those considering studying chemistry to a higher level.

Future opportunities

You could progress to higher level study such as a medicine, dentistry, materials science, brewing, chemical engineering, nanotechnology, biochemistry, forensic and environmental science, and pharmacy or drug design. This subject is also highly respected by a wide variety of sectors such as marketing, accountancy and banking organisations, due to the high level problem solving skills you will develop.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 September 2016

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