Subject : Chemistry
Awarding body: OCR
AS/A Level GCE Chemistry A H034 H434
Course content and examination requirements:
The course provides an opportunity for those wishing to study Chemistry in more detail. It will lay 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 integrated within the learning outcomes/opportunities.
- 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. While the teaching of practical skills may be integrated with the theoretical topics, they are assessed separately.
This allows skills to be developed as the course progresses. The practical skills unit is teacher assessed and externally moderated by OCR. Candidates are assessed on one task from each of the following categories: Quantitative, Qualitative and Evaluative tasks
|Year 12 AS Units H034||Year 13 units full GCE H434|
F321 :Atoms, Bonds and Groups
• Electrons, Bonding and Structure
F324: Rings, Polymers and Analysis
• Rings, Acids and Amines
F322: Chains, Energy and Resources
• Basic Concepts and Hydrocarbons
F325: Equilibria, Energetics and Elements
• Rates, Equilibrium and pH
GCSE Dual Science or GCSE Chemistry – Grade A minimum.
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
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