Chemistry - A Level only

Exam Board: OCR

Introduction to the Course

WG6 follow the OCR A Chemistry specification. The course is organised into 6 modules: module 1 concerns the development of practical skills and runs throughout the course; modules 2 to 4 cover core concepts and lay the foundations for modules 5 and 6 which focus on Physical Chemistry and the transition elements, and Organic Chemistry and analysis respectively.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements and at least a Grade 6 in Core and Additional Science and at least Grade 6 in Mathematics, Grade 7 or above in Biology and Chemistry if taking two Science A Levels.

Course Content

The course aims to develop student’s interest and enthusiasm for Chemistry, including developing an interest in further study and careers in Chemistry, helping students appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society. Students will develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works and develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of Chemistry and how they relate to each other, including practical skills.

Assessment

The A Level is divided into 3 examinations (two 2hrs 15min papers and one 1hr 30min paper) and the Practical Endorsement for Chemistry, which is reported on separately.

  • Paper 1 makes up 37% of the overall qualification and is based on the periodic table, elements and physical chemistry. It is made up of two sections:

Section A consists of 15 Multiple Choice Questions and Section B consists of 85 marks of structured questions and extended response questions covering theory and practical skills.

  • Paper 2 makes up 37% of the overall qualification and is based on synthesis (organic chemistry) and analytical techniques. It is made up of two sections: Section A consists of 15 Multiple Choice Questions and Section B consists of 85 marks of structured questions and extended response questions covering theory and practical skills.
  • Paper 3 makes up the remaining 26% of the qualification. The paper, titled “unified chemistry” is synoptic and consists of structured questions and extended response questions covering theory and practical skills from all aspects of the taught content.
  • The non-exam part of the course is the practical endorsement which is pass or fail. Student will complete a range of core practical work that will contribute to this holistic teacher assessment.

Future Career Progression

Other popular and useful companion subjects that can be studied along with Chemistry are Biology, Physics and Mathematics. Chemistry opens the way to studies and careers in Chemistry, Medicine, Dentistry, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, Food Science, Physiotherapy, Materials Science etc. Chemistry is a very good companion subject for students studying other Science based (including Geography) or Engineering.

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