A Level Chemistry at Holmer Green Senior School
OCR chemistry introduces you to important chemical concepts in a fun, exciting and practical way. It also supplies you with a real world application for the processes which you can carry forward with you to university or employment. An important part of the course is working with others as an effective team and communicating findings clearly so you can solve problems together. A key component in chemistry is practical skills. You will be developing these over the course to make you more confident and methodical in a lab.
F321 Atoms, Bonds and Groups: 30% of AS, assessed by 1 hour paper. The basic bits of chemistry. Electrons, bonding atoms and structure and how they all link to different reactions.
F322 Chains, Energy and Resources: 50% of AS, assessed by 1 hr 45 min paper Alcohols, hydrocarbons, energy and analysis. We see what makes up important resources in our world.
F323 Practical Skills: 20% of AS, coursework Assessment of your practical skills.
F324 Rings, Polymers and Analysis: 15% of A2, assessed by 1 hour paper Plastics and acids and how we tell through experiments what they are.
F325 Equilibria, Energetics and Elements: 25% of A2, assessed by 1 hour 45 min. paper What affects the speed of different reactions and why.
F326 Practical Skills: 10% of A2, coursework Assessment of your practical skills.
Students are asked to purchase their own copy of ‘OCR Chemistry AS’ (approximately £17). Lab coats and safety glasses are also available for students to purchase at a modest cost.
Extensive resources are available on the Moodle Virtual Learning Environment to support independent learning and revision.
The skills of a chemist are essential in the fields of agriculture, biochemistry, biological science, food technology, forensic science, engineering, etc. The analytical skills you will develop are also useful in other careers such as accountancy and law. Dentistry, medicine and veterinary science all require A level Chemistry.
Chemistry complements Biology, Physics, Maths, Psychology, PE and Geography. It also goes well with English, Languages and IT as it helps broaden your studies.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holmer Green Senior School directly.