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Why study Chemistry?

Chemistry is the science that underpins many things that we take for granted in today’s society. From medicines and energy resources to plastics and computer chips, the application of chemistry dominates the world around us. Chemistry may also hold the key to winning the battle against global warming. 

Course content/Outline:

A Level Units

  • 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
Practical work is an integral part of studying Chemistry and most lessons will include a practical element.

Assessment

Three written examination papers and ‘Practical endorsement in Chemistry’ which is reported separately and does not contribute to the overall A2 grade.

  1. Periodic table, elements and Physical Chemistry – 2 hours 15 minutes – content from modules 1,2,3 & 5 (37%)
  2. Synthesis and analytical techniques – 2 hours 15 minutes – content from modules 1,2,4 & 6 (37%)
  3. Unified Chemistry – 1 hour 30 minutes – content from modules 1-6 (26%)

What career opportunities are there?

The list is endless… Research chemist, Medicine, Pharmaceutical scientist, Dentistry, Chemical engineer, Pharmacy, Lawyer, Patent attorney, Material scientist, Teacher, Forensic scientist, Food scientist, Accountant, Veterinary sciences, Investment banker, Analytical chemist, Science journalist, Medical sales representative…

Syllabus: Chemistry A

Examination Board: OCR

More information: Miss L Turner / Mrs L Swift