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Chemistry A Level at Audenshaw Sixth Form College

Course description

Chemistry is the study of matter and energy and the interactions between them. Chemistry also looks at the properties of substances and the interactions between different types of matter, particularly reactions that involve electrons.  When you study Chemistry, you come to understand about how things work. It is the explanation for everyday things, like why laundry detergent works better in hot water or how baking soda works or why not all pain relievers work equally well for a headache. If you know some Chemistry, you can make educated choices about everyday products that you use.

At Audenshaw School, A-Level Chemistry remains one of the most popular choices for sixth-form students. It is a facilitating A-Level and is compulsory for some highly-respected undergraduate courses, for example, medicine and dentistry but also desirable for many other science-related courses.

The aims of the OCR Chemistry specification are to encourage candidates to develop their interest in, and enthusiasm for Chemistry.  This includes developing an interest in further study and careers in Chemistry. They will have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of how Chemistry works and how different areas relate to each other. The course takes a flexible approach where the specification is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of chemistry. Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics and they’re assessed both through written papers and, for A level only, the Practical Endorsement.

The A-Level course is studied over two years. At the end of Year 12, students will take the AS Chemistry examinations although this does not count towards the full A-Level.

Course content

Year 12 - Curriculum Information (From September 2015)

The AS Chemistry course is a standalone course and includes the key concepts that students require for the study of this key science. It provides students with the knowledge and understanding of atomic structure, organic chemistry and the chemical ideas that underpin the study of quantitative chemistry.

Content is split into six 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)

Year 13 - Curriculum Information (From September 2016)

The full A-Level course includes the content given above (Modules 1 to 4) and the content below (Modules 5 and 6)

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)


All the assessment for the full A-Level course will take place at the end of the two year course. This will be done through three written examinations and a ‘non-exam’ assessment of students’ practical skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Audenshaw Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 10 July 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years