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Chemistry AS A2 at Guilsborough School

Course description

Chemistry sits centrally within the sciences and the course emphasises links between Chemistry and related subjects such as Biology (amino acids, proteins, chromatography etc.), Physics (atomic structure) and Geography (climate change and the atmosphere). There is a large emphasis on Maths skills and students should have a minimum of a B grade in GCSE Maths as well as B,B in Core and Additional Science or B,B,B in Triple Science.

Throughout the course students are introduced to the ideas of Chemistry and their application to a variety of contexts, both everyday and more specialised. The understanding of How Science Works in Chemistry (met at GCSE) is deepened.

Course content

The aims of the course are to develop an understanding of the major contribution Chemistry has made in the modern world and the role it may play in the future. For example;

The ability to provide sufficient food for a rising population through the use of artificial fertilisers and agrochemicals

The role of chlorine in preventing disease

The chemistry of ethanol (the drug in alcoholic drinks)

The major role design and synthesis of medicines has had on improving health

The economic importance of the chemical industry in the UK and in Europe

The ethical, moral and cultural issues surrounding some aspects of chemistry such as pollution and the deterioration of the ozone layer

The OCR specification thus provides a valuable education for students who take Chemistry no further. It is also an excellent foundation for further study of Chemistry, medicine (and related subjects such as pharmacy and pharmacology) or other sciences.

A summary of the content of the course is outlined below

AS

A2

Unit F321 Atoms, Bonds and Groups

  • Atoms and reactions
  • Electrons, bonding and structure
  • The Periodic Table

Unit F324 Rings, Polymers and Analysis

  • Rings, acids and amines
  • Polymers and synthesis
  • Analysis

Unit F322 Chains, Energy and Resources

  • Basic concepts and hydrocarbons
  • Alcohols, Halogenoalkanes and analysis
  • Energy
  • Resources

Unit F325 Equilbria, Energetics and Elements

  • Rates, Equilibrium and pH
  • Energy
  • Transition metals

Unit F323 Practical skills 1

  • Teacher assessed and externally moderated by OCR
  • 3 tasks - Qualitative

- Quantitative

- Evaluation

Unit F326 Practical skills 3

  • Teacher assessed and externally moderated by OCR
  • 3 tasks - Qualitative

- Quantitative

- Evaluation

Entry requirements

Minimum of B grade Maths plus B,B in Core and Additional Science or B,B,B in Triple Science

Assessment

See above

Further information

For further information please contact Dr Broadhurst

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Unknown
  • Duration: 2 years

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