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Chemistry A Level OCR at Sir Roger Manwood's School

Course description


Why choose Chemistry?

Chemistry is an interesting, exciting and challenging subject; its concepts and knowledge are the basis of many others. It is wide ranging: Chemists are involved in determining the human genome; in producing new materials for spacecraft; in deciding the provenance of “Old Masters”; in analysing fragments from other planets and in the repair of our own beleaguered world.

Studying Chemistry opens up a wide range of careers and courses at university, including medicine, veterinary science, environmental science, pharmacy, geology, chemical engineering and dietetics. It remains a preferable option for law, accountancy, mathematics, mechanical and civil engineering, forensic science and computer science.

Is it the correct choice for me?

Ideally, you should achieve an A grade in the Chemistry and a B grade in GCSE Maths. Advanced level Chemistry is a tough option but all the more satisfying and valuable for it! You should enjoy Chemistry and feel confident in investigative practical work. You should be imaginative, logical and a critical thinker. Those who succeed in this subject are conscientious and prepared for a lot of hard work.

What will I learn on this A level course?

The qualification aims primarily to stimulate and sustain your interest in, and enjoyment of, chemistry. You will gain a knowledge and understanding of Advanced level chemistry, enabling you to appreciate the subtle inter-linking patterns which are a distinguishing feature of the subject. You will see the social and economic applications of modern chemistry and gain an insight into the responsible use of that knowledge. Your ability to acquire knowledge through experiment and your understanding of the necessary techniques will improve and allow you to bring together your understanding of how the different areas of chemistry are really one.


Course content

Course content is split into 6 teaching modules

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry

• Practical skills assessed in a written examination

• Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement


Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry

• Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations

• Amount of substance

• Acid–base and redox reactions

• Electrons, bonding and structure


Module 3 – Periodic table and energy

• The periodic table and periodicity

• Group 2 and the halogens

• Qualitative analysis

• Enthalpy changes

• Reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative)


Module 4 – Core organic chemistry

• Basic concepts

• Hydrocarbons

• Alcohols and haloalkanes

• Organic synthesis

• Analytical techniques (IR and MS)


Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements

• Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative)

• pH and buffers

• Enthalpy, entropy and free energy

• Redox and electrode potentials


• Transition elements

Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis

• Aromatic compounds

• Carbonyl compounds

• Carboxylic acids and esters

• Nitrogen compounds

• Polymers

• Organic synthesis

• Chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR)

Entry requirements

An A grade in GCSE Chemsitry and a 6 in GCSE Maths.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses, which overlap with Chemistry such as Biology, Applied Science, Physics, Geography, Geology or more general subjects that may not relate to the sciences, to prepare for higher education. 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. The course will also help you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: Ch