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Chemistry A Level at Oakbank School

Course description


Module F331:

Elements of Life: answering questions such as where do elements come from? What shapes are molecules? What patterns are in compounds?

Developing Fuels: where you will learn how the internal combustion engine works, how fuels release energy

Module F332:

Elements from the Sea: the chemistry of halogens and solutions, explaining why the sea is salty and why bromine is such an unpleasant substance

Polymer Revolution: how polymers and plastics are made

Atmosphere: what effect does sunlight have on our atmosphere and on our skin? How can we protect against the greenhouse effect

F333:Practical Skills Assessment: class based practical tasks and a written test ( similar to the ISA test at GCSE)


Module F334:

What’s in a Medicine: the history and analysis of the active ingredient in aspirin is the focus of study here.

Threads of Life: where you will find out more about protein structure and how DNA is made.

Steel Story: How steel is made and recycled, using transition metals as catalysts and colours

Material Revolution: developing idea about polymers and new materials, recycling and disposal and the environmental problems with plastics

Module F335:

Colour by Design: where you will learn about the uses of dyes and paints and ways to analyse pigments and paintings

Oceans: how the ocean is a store of gases and solutions of many elements and the importance of oceans to life on earth

Agriculture: where you will study the chemistry of fertilisers and crop production

Medicines by Design; bringing together the important key concepts to consider how chemistry has had a major influence on our lives, from drugs of abuse to drugs as medicines and how new drugs are designed.

F336: Individual Investigation: an opportunity for you to produce an independent piece of research both written and laboratory based.

Entry requirements

At least a B in Additional and Core Science, and a grade B or above in the Chemistry component of the GCSE exam.

A grade C or above in Maths, preferably at Higher level.


Practical skills at various points throughout the AS course.

Examinations in January and June.

A2 coursework involves an extensive piece of independent study and practical work.

Examinations in January and June

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 February 2017
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