Chemistry

Awarding body: OCR

AS/A Level GCE Chemistry A H032 H432

Course content and examination requirements:

The course provides an opportunity for those wishing to study Chemistry in more detail. It lays foundations for future studies and will satisfy those who will study chemistry no further.

  • This specification has been developed in consultation with the Royal Society of Chemistry, GlaxoSmithKline and a large variety of teachers throughout the country.
  • There is an increased emphasis on understanding and application rather than recall.
  • How Science Works is integrated within the learning outcomes/opportunities.
  • The course builds upon the existing popular OCR Chemistry course.

The specification is divided into chemical topics, each containing different key concepts of Chemistry. Once the key features of a chemical topic have been developed, applications are considered. For assessment purposes, knowledge and understanding of key concepts are treated separately at AS; important links between different areas of chemistry are largely assessed synoptically at A2.

Year 12 AS Units H032

Breadth in Chemistry

Section A of the examination comprises multiple choice questions (worth 20 marks)

Section B comprises structured questions and extended response questions covering theory and practical skills (worth 50 marks)

Depth in Chemistry

The examination comprises structured questions and extended response questions, covering theory and practical skills.  The assessment lasts one hour and thirty minutes (worth 70 marks)

Year 13 units full GCE H432

Periodic Table, Elements and Physical Chemistry

Section A of the examination comprises multiple choice questions (worth 15 marks)

Section B comprises structured questions and extended response questions covering theory and practical skills (worth 85 marks)

Synthesis and Analytical Techniques

Section A of the examination comprises multiple choice questions (worth 15 marks)

Section B comprises structured questions and extended response questions covering theory and practical skills.  The practical skills are teacher assessed and externally examined by OCR in this unit

Entry Requirements:

Grade A in Dual Science or GCSE Chemistry is a minimum requirement.

Relevance to further studies and careers:

Chemistry is universally recognised as one of the most valuable A level qualifications. It fosters many useful skills in students for example; practical skills, independent learning and problem solving. As a result of this, chemistry is accepted for a variety of careers and courses for example; Education, Finance, Forensics, Health and Safety, Industry, Laboratory Work, Law, Consultancy, Media, Sales and Marketing and Medicine.

Teaching staff/further information:

Mr D Mitchell

Mr T Blake

Ms E Arnold