LINEAR A-LEVEL COURSE CONTENT

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry
Practical skills assessed in a written examination.
Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement.

Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry
Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations, Amount of substance, Acid–base and redox reactions, Electrons, bonding and structure.

Module 3 – Periodic table and energy
The periodic table and periodicity, Group 2 and the halogens, Qualitative analysis, Enthalpy changes, Reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative).

Module 4 – Core organic chemistry
Basic concepts, Hydrocarbons, Alcohols and haloalkanes, Organic synthesis, Analytical techniques (IR and MS).

Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements
Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative), pH and buffers, Enthalpy, entropy and free energy, Redox and electrode potentials, Transition elements.

Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis
Aromatic compounds, Carbonyl compounds, Carboxylic acids and esters, Nitrogen compounds, Polymers, Organic synthesis, Chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR).

WHERE DO I GO TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION?

Visit the OCR website: www.ocr.org.uk or visit http://www.royalsociety.org
Faculty Leader: Ms J Gill (j.gill@finhampark.co.uk)

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO THIS COURSE?

GCSE 5 Grades 9 to 4 including English at Grade 5 and Mathematics at Grade 7. Grade 7-6 required if combined science is taken at GCSE. Grade 6 in CSE Chemistry required if you have done separate science.

WHAT SKILLS WILL I DEVELOP?

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures. You will also apply this knowledge in a theoretical and practical context when handling qualitative and quantitative data. In addition, you will analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information, ideas and evidence to make judgements and reach conclusions and develop and refine practical design and procedures.

WHAT MIGHT STUDYING THIS COURSE LEAD TO?

Level chemistry is 100% externally asssessed and there is no cousework or controlled assessments. However, you will be required to develop a range of practical skills throughout their course in preparation for the written
examinations.

Students studying A-Level Chemistry can be awarded a Practical Endorsement in Chemistry. This non-exam assessment component rewards the development of practical competency for chemistry and is teacher assessed. Learners complete a minimum of 12 assessed experiments covering specified technical skills (together with the use of apparatus and practical techniques) and each student will keep an appropriate record of their assessed practical activities. Students who demonstrate the required standard across all the requirements of the assessment criteria will receive a ‘pass’ grade. The assessment of practical skills is a compulsory requirement of the course of study for A-Level qualifications and will appear on all students’ certificates as a separately reported result, alongside the overall grade for the qualification.

WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT THIS SUBJECT?

Chemistry is often called ‘the central science’ as its application can be used in its own right, or across a range of related scientific disciplines. Chemistry is a vibrant and exciting subject. It is involved in everything around us - from the making of new materials to understanding biological systems, from the food we eat to the medicines which keep us healthy, and from the quality of the water we drink to keeping the air we breathe pure.

IS THERE ANY COURSEWORK OR CONTROLLED ASSESSMENTS?

Level chemistry is 100% externally asssessed and there is no cousework or controlled assessments. However, you will be required to develop a range of practical skills throughout their course in preparation for the written
examinations.

Students studying A-Level Chemistry can be awarded a Practical Endorsement in Chemistry. This non-exam assessment component rewards the development of practical competency for chemistry and is teacher assessed. Learners complete a minimum of 12 assessed experiments covering specified technical skills (together with the use of apparatus and practical techniques) and each student will keep an appropriate record of their assessed practical activities. Students who demonstrate the required standard across all the requirements of the assessment criteria will receive a ‘pass’ grade. The assessment of practical skills is a compulsory requirement of the course of study for A-Level qualifications and will appear on all students’ certificates as a separately reported result, alongside the overall grade for the qualification.

HOW MANY EXAMS DO I HAVE TO TAKE AND WHEN DO I TAKE THEM?

Linear A-Level: There are 3 exams totalling 6 hours of exam assessment. Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (2 hours 15 minutes) assesses content from Modules 1,2,3 and 5. Synthesis and analytical techniques (2 hours 15 minutes) assesses content from 1,2,4 and 6, and unified chemistry (1 hour 30 minutes) assesses content from all modules 1-6. Within A-Level Chemistry, 20% of the marks available within written examinations will be for assessment of mathematics.