Chemistry

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Chemistry

The course will allow students to develop an understanding in physical, organic and inorganic branches of Chemistry.As well as theoretical ideas, pupils will develop their practical and analytical skills during experimental work. Chemistry is essential for many university courses and shows the student to have many of the key skills necessary for higher education.

Examination Board OCR

Specification Number A-level H432

Sixth Form > Our Pathways

Chemistry

The course will allow students to develop an understanding in physical, organic and inorganic branches of Chemistry.As well as theoretical ideas, pupils will develop their practical and analytical skills during experimental work. Chemistry is essential for many university courses and shows the student to have many of the key skills necessary for higher education.

Examination Board OCR

Specification Number H432

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  • Course Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Assessment Information
  • Progression Route
  • How do I prepare?

Course Overview

The course will allow students to develop an understanding in physical, organic and inorganic branches of Chemistry.As well as theoretical ideas, pupils will develop their practical and analytical skills during experimental work. Chemistry is essential for many university courses and shows the student to have many of the key skills necessary for higher education.

 
Module 1 
Development of practical skills in Chemistry. 

Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation. 

 
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
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Alcohols and haloalkanes
  • Organic synthesis
 
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
  • Analytical techniques (IR, MS)
 
Module 6
Organic Chemistry and analysis 
  • Aromatic compounds
  • Carbonyl compounds
  • Carboxylic acids and esters
  • Polymers
  • Organic synthesis
  • Chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR) 
 
Course Leader of Chemistry

Mr Wigfield

Entry Requirements

Sixth Form Entry Criteria: 

A minimum of 5 9-5 GCSE grades, which must include a grade 5 or above in either English Language or English Literature. 

 
Special Entry Requirements:
  • GCSE Maths 6+

GCSE Science 6 6+

OR Chemistry 6+

 

Students must be prepared to work long hours outside lesson time to regularly review the topics covered.

Assessment Information

Assessment Topic Area Duration Value
Paper 1Financial Accounting3 hour written paper exam50% of A Level
Paper 2Accounting for Analysis & Decision Making3 hour written paper exam50% of A Level

Progression Route

This subject opens the door to a wide range of opportunities in the Science world. It is an essential subject for medicine, veterinary and the pharmaceutical industry.

How do I prepare? 

Recommended Reads
Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of Elements Hugh Aldersey Williams
The Science of Everday Life: Why Teapots Dribble, Toast Burns and Light Bulbs Shine Marty Jopson
Calculations in AS/A Level Chemistry Jim Clark
Chemical Storylines Salters' Advanced Chemistry
Useful Websites
Chem Revise Explore Website
Tom Red Explore Website
Physics & Maths Tutor Explore Website
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Course Leader of Chemistry
Mr Wigfield Matthew.wigfield@woodgreenacademy.co.uk