Course:                                    AS and A Level

Exam Board:                             OCR – Chemistry A

Entry Requirements:                 6+ in double award GCSE Science trilogy or Chemistry, 5+ in Maths, 5+ in English Language or Literature

Course description:

Chemistry is the study of the interaction and interrelationship of the physical world on a molecular level. You will study how atoms exist and react which leads to the intricate balance of matter in the universe. It combines a theoretical understanding of chemical principles with an in depth study of the applications of chemistry in the modern world. You will also develop a high degree of competency in laboratory work, and will have the opportunity to sharpen your minds and develop the skills needed to interpret and critically evaluate data.

Classes are taught between two teachers in specialist laboratories using a wide variety of resources. Lessons combine theory with laboratory work, including an opportunity to enhance your skills of group work, team building and development. It is integral that you are committed to private study.

Assessment Components:

*Component 1= Periodic Table, Elements and Physical Chemistry

100 marks – Examined on Modules 1,2,3 and 5. – 2hrs 15mins Exam

37% of Total A-Level.

*Component 2 = Synthesis and Analytical Techniques

100 marks – Examined on Modules 1,2,4 and 6. – 2hrs 15mins Exam

37% of Total A-Level.

*Component 3 = Unified Chemistry

70 marks – Examined on All Modules 1-6. – 1hrs 30mins Exam

26% of Total A-Level.

*Component 4 = Externally Assessed Practical Competency

Skills Assessed throughout Practical Investigations in Class – No Exam

0% of total A-Level but required in order to be eligible for Pass Grade.

Why you should consider this course:

Chemistry A-Level is a requirement if you want to be a doctor, dentist, pharmacist or veterinary doctor, but it is a very useful A-Level to have if you want to pursue any other career in Science and Technology. It is also very important if you want to follow other career paths, as Chemistry will demonstrate that you have a high aptitude to problem solving, analysing data and the ability to critically evaluate conclusions, trends and patterns.

We have close links with industry, particularly GlaxoSmithKline and LGS (Laboratories of Government Scientists), and encourage students to attend seminars at UCL, Imperial, Kingston and University of Reading.

Contact Name: Dr E Smith,