A-Level Chemistry

What does the course aim to do?

Develop essential knowledge and understand of different areas of chemistry and how they relate to each other.
Develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods.
Develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills.
Develop interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject.
Understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

What will I be studying?

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.

How will I be assessed?

OCR Syllabus A.- H432
Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry – 37%
Synthesis and analytical techniques – 37%
Unified chemistry – 26%

Practical endorsement in chemistry – non exam

Am I suited to this subject?

You should have enjoyed the GCSE chemistry course, particularly the practical work and have acquired a reasonable level of skill in handling apparatus. You need to be proactive in your learning and be willing to develop independent learning skills. Attitude is extremely important. We regard A-Level Chemists as students – people who are here to study. You will be expected to be highly motivated and to show this by conforming to expectations and deadlines and by a constructive approach to the achievements of the group as a whole.

Where will it lead in the future?

In addition to the intrinsic merit of the course Chemistry is an essential requirement for degree courses in Medicine, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Food Science, Genetics, Physiology, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, and Biotechnology as well as all types of Chemistry itself. It is also very useful as a qualification for many Biological courses, Ecology, Plant Science and Biomedical Sciences. For those intending to seek employment in chemical-related industries (e.g. paper, paint) it is an excellent preparation. A good grade in Chemistry is also very acceptable for many other degree courses and careers.

How will I study?

You will be required to attend chemistry lessons and do consolidation practical work. You will also be asked to do summary questions to reinforce learning. There is also the opportunity to attend chemistry clinic. It is also expected that you will do extra reading from departmental library books and magazines.

What will I need to do myself?

As a basic requirement a minimum of five hours at home plus a share of private study periods in school each week is necessary.

Why should I come to Canon Slade to study Chemistry?

We have very experienced specialist staff who have a track record of adding value to students grades. Class sizes are limited which enables staff to teach effectively. Staff are very supportive and will offer the chance of one to one help during Chemistry clinic. We aim to prepare our students to go on to have successful careers.

Additional information from Mrs C Slade

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