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Chemistry B AS OCR at Sandown Bay Academy

Course description

Chemistry is concerned with materials of every description. It is often called the central science because it overlaps with both Biology and Physics. On the one hand Chemists unravel the chemical reactions that are responsible for life, and on the other they investigate new materials with exciting and potentially useful properties. The course is organised into teaching units, each of which is free-standing and tells its own story about modern applications of Chemistry. The course has a strong practical element. Unit 1 •Chemistry for Life. The elements of Life, Developing Fuels Assessment: Written Exam, 1 hour and 15 minutes 30% AS, 15% A2 Unit 2 •Chemistry of Natural Resources. Elements from the Sea, The Atmosphere, The Polymer Revolution. Assessment: Written Exam, 1 hour and 45 minutes 50 % AS, 25% A2 Unit 3 •Chemistry in Practice. Internal Assessment Assessment: AS internal assessment 20% AS, 10% A2 EXTRA FEATURES: •Strong practical element •Excellent support and enrichment for Biology and Physics •Good exam results Further details of the A2 element is available in the course flier.

Entry requirements

Standard 6th form entry is 5 GCSE A*-C passes including English Language and Maths. At least a grade BB in Science, and at least a grade B in Maths.

Future opportunities

Post 18 Progression: Degree, employment in science-based industry.SUGGESTED COMBINATIONS: Combines very well with Physics, Biology and Geology. You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as Biology or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Chemistry, which could lead onto higher education in science related subjects or more general higher education courses. POSSIBLE PROGRESSION: With a qualification in chemistry you could go on to Further or Higher Education, studying Chemistry or one of the other sciences or related subjects, or work in science-based industry such as chemical engineering, materials science or biotechnology. It is essential for medicine, pharmacy and environmental sciences. It is needed for most laboratory, biological, geological and clinical work, as well as careers dealing with food, nutrition and beauty. Chemistry is also a well respected subject in its own right and suitable for entry into a wide range of professions. With further training, you could go into a job related to Chemistry or one of the other sciences such as a Doctor, Nurse, Scientist or Pharmacist. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sandown Bay Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year