Chemistry

In the sixth form, A-level Chemistry is studied via the OCR A specification, full details of which can be found at the following address:

www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-chemistry

Chemistry A level

Chemistry provides an essential pathway into careers such as medicine, dentistry and engineering as well as being a good analytical foundation for the financial services. However, many pupils who study chemistry at A-level go on to read for a chemistry or related degree at university.

Ideas are built upon from GCSE and applications of chemistry in the scientific community are developed throughout the course.

The course is split into six modules, all of which are examined via three written papers at the end of the course.

  • Module 1: Development of practical skills
  • 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

Module 1 is examined in the written papers but this also forms the “Practical Endorsement” that is reported separately from the A-level and tests pupil’s practical ability via a series of core experiments.At the end of the first year of the A-level, modules 2, 3 and 4 will have been completed and an AS-level may be awarded if desired.

These include:

  • Acid-base titration
  • Synthesis of an organic liquid and solid
  • Determination of an enthalpy change
  • Qualitative analysis of organic functional groups
  • Rates of reaction determination by continuous and initial rates methods

A pupils performance in these experiments is reported and verified by the examination board but does not contribute towards the A-level grade.

Chemistry A level

The course is supported by Oxford University Press and the Kerboodle learning platform that can be accessed by all pupils via a web-browser.