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A Level Chemistry at Ousedale School

Course description

The qualification is linear with examinations occuring at the end of the respective courses. In Year 1 students study Physical Chemistry (structure, bonding, energetics, calculations from equations, kinetics, equilibria and redox); Inorganic Chemistry (periodicity, Group 2, and Group 7); and Organic Chemistry (Alkanes, Alkenes, Halogenoalkanes, Alcohols and Organic Analysis). In Year 2 students study Physical Chemistry (Thermodynamics, Rate equations, Equilbrium constants, Electrochemistry and Acids and Bases); Inorganic Chemistry (Periodic Properties (Period 3), Transition Metals and Aqueous Ion Reactions); and Organic Chemistry (Optical Isomerism, Compounds with Carbonyl groups, Aromatic chemistry, Amines, Polymers, Amino Acids, Proteins, DNA, Organic Synthesis, and NMR spectroscopy).

The course is intellectually stimulating and yet demanding. Students are expected to have a high level of motivation and self-discipline, plus the ability to work independently. Homework is set regularly in the form of experimental reports, research, essays, self-study units and exam questions.

Students carry out relevant practical work throughout the course but there is no longer a Coursework component to the Chemistry courses. Relevant practical skills are tested in each of the 3 examination papers.

Students will need to have the following skills:

  •  An interest in other science subjects and mathematics
  •  Understand abstract concepts quickly
  •  Excellent analytical skills
  •  Ability to use technical language concisely
  •  Organise their study pattern carefully
  •  Demonstrate drive and enthusiasm for the subject
  •  The ability to carry out practical work methodically and with due regard for health and safety
  •  A willingness to engage in further reading around the subject
  •  An ability to learn and carry out mathematical calculations e.g.

1. Rearrangement of algebraic equations
2. Calculation of reaction rates
3. Construct graphs correctly
4. Appreciate logarithms and exponential forms
5. Data analysis (means, uncertainties)
6. Rates of change and slopes of graphs

Course content

Relevant Sections from:
3.1 Physical Chemistry
3.2 Inorganic Chemistry
3.3 Organic Chemistry

Relevant Sections from:
3.1 Physical Chemistry
3.2 Inorganic Chemistry
3.3 Organic Chemistry

Entry requirements

5 x A* - C at GCSE level Minimum B in Additional Science or Chemistry GCSE

Assessment

AS Level

Paper 1: (2h; 105 marks) Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Relevant Practical Skills

A2 Level

Paper 1: (2h; 105 marks) Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Relevant Practical Skills

Paper 2: (2h; 105 marks) Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Relevant Practical Skills

Paper 3: (2h; 90 marks) Any Content, Any Practical Skills.
40 marks: Practical Techniques/Data Analysis
20 marks testing across the Specification
30 marks: Multiple Choice Questions

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ousedale School directly.

Last updated date: 06 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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