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Chemistry AS Level (OCR) at Hackney Community College

Course description

You will learn atomic structure, bonding, rates of reaction, enthalpy and entropy, crystallisation etc. as well as gaining experience in the laboratory where you will develop your skills to identify and synthesise compounds. At AS you will study the periodic table, acids and bases, groups 2 and 7 elements; energy, bonding, intermolecular forces, electrode potentials, rates, entropy, polymers, transition elements and organic synthesis. Through this study, you will build a picture of the substances of the world and their interaction at the atomic level, which leads to the development of new materials such as polymers, plastics and drugs. Units include: Atoms, Bonds and Groups, Chains, Energy & Resources, Practical Skills in Chemistry, Chemistry, Rings, Polymers and Analysis and Equilibria, Energetics & Elements.

Course content

In chemistry all teaching is carried out in a fully equipped, highly resourced chemistry laboratory. 
You will learn by a combination of formal teaching in the chemistry laboratory as well as the use of research, tests, assessed practicals, experimental procedures and note taking. Part of your learning includes the use of ICT in the classroom and laboratory via laptops, use of the library and answering questions from the course text book and hand-outs. The one hour workshop in chemistry will also help you improve your understanding of the subject, as well as improve your exam technique over the year. Your learning also takes place outside of the laboratory in the form of trips to the science museum, and attendance at the OCR Chemistry unit conferences held in December and/or April put on by the exam board.

Entry requirements

You will need 5 GCSEs grade A-C including an overall B in science and a B in English and Maths. Other qualifications (including overseas equivalents), will be considered.


A Levels are assessed by a combination of an assessed practical and coursework (unit 6) and terminal written exam papers. The coursework comprises 20% of the total mark, and consists of a series of 9 experiments from which your best 3 marks are chosen. The written exams take place in May/June and make up the remaining marks for a maximum of 100%.

Financial information

·         16-18 year-olds do not have to pay tuition fees on FE courses

·         many 16-18 year-olds may be eligible to receive a bursary

·         many 16-18 year-olds can receive a Free College Meals pass (depending on eligibility)

·         Transport for London student travel cards are available.

·         Re-sits, CRB fees and other incidental costs are to be paid when due.

Future opportunities

Higher Education or employment. The A Level course prepares you for university and / or employment including: Chemistry, Medicine, Vetinary Science, Biochemistry, Materials Science, Science, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Chemical Engineering and Veterinary Science and many others.

Further information

Before you start your lessons, you’ll take part in induction sessions, where you’ll meet other students and find out all about the support that’s available to you. This includes learning about the Virtual Learning Environment, tutorials and the campus facilities. All students can receive free, confidential and impartial advice on things like: your next step in education or your career, finance, housing, health, immigration, benefit claims, legal problems, sexual health, drugs, staying safe, personal / emotional concerns and other issues.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hackney Community College directly.

Last updated date: 13 April 2016
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