What could this course lead to?
The course provides a support for further study in a number of areas including Biology, Biochemistry, Medicine, Engineering and Chemistry itself. It provides a challenging area of study giving a fascinating insight into the world of chemical reactions.
A good pass in GCSE Chemistry, IGCSE Chemistry or GCSE Combined Science.
What will I be studying?
The aims of the course are:
- To develop a sound knowledge of Chemistry.
- To develop an appreciation of the contribution which Chemistry makes to society.
- To promote an enjoyment of and interest in Chemistry.
Summary of content:
The course content is split into six teaching modules:
- Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry
- Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry
- Module 3 – Periodic table and energy
- Module 4 – Core organic chemistry
- Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements
- Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis
Modules 1-4 are examined for AS chemistry and modules 1-6 are examined for A Level chemistry.
Are there any trips or extracurricular activities linked to this course?
In both years of the course student spend a day at Bristol University doing practical work in the under-graduate laboratories.
What benefits does this subject have for university entrance?
As one of the traditional sciences, Chemistry is highly regarded and A Level Chemistry is essential for a Chemistry degree, it is also relevant for others including; Physics, Biological Sciences, Medicine and Engineering.
What skills or learning approach do I need for this subject?
You must enjoy problem solving and applying concepts to new situations. You must be literate and numerate and able to express yourself clearly using scientific terminology, confident in carrying out simple calculations and enjoy practical work.
How is it examined?
For AS there are two 90-minute exam papers which examine the contents of modules 1-4. For A Level there are three exam papers which test modules 1-6. The AS exams are at the end of the lower sixth and the A Level is examined at the end of the upper sixth. 15% of the questions on each exam paper are designed to test practical chemistry.
Will I need to do coursework?
Practical work is an integral part of the course and is examined on the written papers. For A Level the practical endorsement in chemistry is awarded as a separate qualification, it is ungraded.
What syllabus do you follow?
OCR Chemistry A.