A Level Chemistry at Spalding Grammar School
The three unit AS and six unit A2 Chemistry courses are taught by subject specialists following the OCR Chemistry A syllabus. The aims of this course are:
to encourage students to develop their interest and enthusiasm for chemistry (including developing an interest in further study and careers in chemistry);
to appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society, and to develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of the scientific world as a whole.
Assessment takes the form of two written examinations taken at the end of the first year, with the third (practical unit) being assessed at intervals throughout the year. These assessments are based on the students’ practical skills, making practical work a key aspect of the chemistry course. The second year follows the same format.
It is not just those planning a career in medicine or other scientific discipline, or those who are studying the other sciences at A Level who choose Chemistry. Often students with a wide variety of subject choices opt to take Chemistry as one of their A Levels.
Course text books and interactive CD-ROMs are provided by the Chemistry department, although we always advise the use of other texts to supplement these and to provide the opportunity for further background reading.
At least BB in Double Science or a grade B in Chemistry.
A grade B in GCSE Maths is also required.
As with all A Levels, we look for a high level of dedication and commitment from our students.
Atoms, Bonds and Groups
Atoms and reactions
Electrons, bonding and structure
The Periodic Table
Chains, Energy and Resources
Basic concepts and hydrocarbons
Alcohols, halogenoalkanes and analysis
Practical Skills in Chemistry 1
This AS (practical skills) unit is teacher assessed and externally moderated by OCR. Candidates are assessed on one task from each of the following categories: Qualitative; Quantitative; Evalu-ative.
Rings, Polymers and Analysis
Rings, acids and amines
Polymers and synthesis
Equilibria, Energetics and Elements
Rates, equilibrium and pH
Practical Skills in Chemistry 2
This A2 (practical skills) unit is teacher assessed and externally moderated by OCR. Candidates are assessed on one task from each of the following categories: Qualitative; Quantitative; Evalu-ative.
At least BB in double science or a grade B in chemistry. A grade B in GCSE maths is also required
The United Kingdom has a large and flourishing chemical industry and chemistry graduates are needed at all levels, from research to the technical development, marketing and managerial areas of this industry. Chemistry graduates are also in demand for their specialist knowledge in many other areas of employment. While Chemistry is essential for medical and many paramedical courses, students can go on to careers in Law, Business, Computing and Languages as well as the more obvious engineering and scientific fields.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Spalding Grammar School directly.