Chemistry


AS Level Chemistry (H032)* / A Level Chemistry (H432)*

*Note from September 2015 these are no longer awarded with AS level being a part of progression to A level but are taken as separate courses. However they will be taught at the same time as the content and assessment are the same.

Introduction

A Level Chemistry A will give you an exciting insight into the contemporary world of chemistry. It covers the key concepts of chemistry and practical skills are integrated throughout the course. This combination of academic challenge and practical focus makes the prospect of studying A Level Chemistry A highly appealing.  You will learn about chemistry in a range of different contexts and the impact it has on industry and many aspects of everyday life. You will learn to investigate and solve problems in a range of contexts.

Exam Board

  • OCR Specification A

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of a Grade B in GCSE Double Award Science / Triple Award Chemistry and also a Grade B in GCSE English and a Grade B in GCSE Mathematics

Modules: AS Level/A Level

  • 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

**Indicates modules studied at AS level.

Assessment

AS Level

Breadth in chemistry (01) - A 1 hour 30 minutes written paper worth 70 marks and provides 50% of the total AS level.

Depth in chemistry (02) - A1 hour 30 minutes written paper worth 70 marks and provides 50% of the total AS level.
Both components assess content from all four modules.

A Level

Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (01) - assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5. Comprises of a 2 hour 15 minutes written paper worth 100 marks and provides 37% of the total A level.

Synthesis and analytical techniques (02) - assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6. Comprises of a 2 hour 15 minutes written paper worth 100 marks and provides 37% of the total A level.

Unified chemistry (03) - assesses content from all modules (1 to 6). Comprises of a 1 hour 30 minutes written paper worth 70 marks and provides 26% of the total A level.
Practical endorsement in chemistry (04) (non-exam assessment) Reported separately. To achieve a Pass within the Practical Endorsement, candidates must have completed a minimum of 12 assessed practical activities (covering all of categories 1 to 12) and achieved the level of competence defined within the Common Practical Assessment Criteria

Progression routes from this course

Level Chemistry A is an excellent base for a university degree in healthcare such as medicine, pharmacy and dentistry as well as the biological sciences, physics, mathematics, pharmacology and analytical chemistry. Chemistry is also taken by many law applicants as it shows you can cope with difficult concepts. Chemistry can also complement a number of arts subjects.  A range of career opportunities including chemical, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries and in areas such as forensics, environmental protection and healthcare are possible. The problem solving skills are useful for many other areas, too, such as law and finance.