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A Level Chemistry at The John of Gaunt School

Course description

Chemistry involves the learner in enquiring about the nature of substances, or matter, and how they change. This ranges from the human body tissues to ‘star dust’ and from atoms to galaxies.

Learners can understand the importance of Chemistry in our everyday lives, in industry and in changes such as global warming. Chemistry may take up the challenge to make forms of matter that have never existed before.

Course content

Unit 1
This unit builds upon chemical concepts developed in KS4 and covers 3 main areas; Atoms and reactions, Electrons, bonding and structure and The Periodic Table.

Unit 2
This unit introduces the basic concepts behind Hydrocarbons, Alcohols and Halogenoalkanes as well as studies into bond energies and equilibrium in chemical reactions

Unit 3
Students are required to carry out 3 tasks under the headings of Qualitative, Quantitative and Evaluative. Instructions for each practical are supplied by OCR and students are expected to demonstrate practical techniques learnt.

Unit 4
This unit builds upon chemical concepts developed in AS in organic chemistry. It aims to take the student into a deeper knowledge and understanding of how organic chemistry shapes the natural world and how organic chemicals provide many important materials

Unit 5
This module provides students with a quantitative study of physical chemistry. This material links many areas of chemistry such as factors affecting rates of reactions, equilibrium in reactions, energy changes as well as studying the Transition Elements.

Unit 6
Students are required to carry out 3 tasks under the headings of Qualitative, Quantitative and Evaluative. Instructions for each practical are supplied by OCR and students are expected to demonstrate practical techniques learnt.

Assessment

This is through a combination of exam board assessed and centre assessed coursework and examinations.

Future opportunities

This course aims to develop an interest in further study and careers in Chemistry as well as the wider field where the ability to think logically, understand complex ideas and apply them to the real world is necessary. Whether you want to pursue a career in Science, Education or a host of other fields, Chemistry will enable you to show you have the skills, knowledge and understanding required.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The John of Gaunt School directly.

Last updated date: 05 June 2015

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