CHEMISTRY

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YEAR 12 STUDENT

Chemistry is fascinating. I did not realise that it is such an interesting subject at A level. At GCSE level it was quite confusing, but now, it is great to be studying such an exciting and dynamic subject.

WHY STUDY CHEMISTRY?

Chemistry is a very interesting and challenging subject at A Level. The practical aspects of the course make it a lot more exciting and accessible for most students.


Chemistry is an academic subject which prepares students for many undergraduate courses in the sciences, engineering, and many others (see below). The academic and deductive aspects of the course also mean that students who complete A Level chemistry with good grades may be able to pursue courses like law and forensic science. The course is also quite numerate, and students may proceed onto courses in finance and other related courses. There are many opportunities to work and discuss practical work which help students develop team working and presentation skills 

COURSE CONTENT

Module 1 : Practical skills in chemistry

Module 2 : Foundations in chemistry

Module 3 : The periodic table and energy

Module 4 : Core Organic chemistry

Module 5 : Physical chemistry and transition elements

Module 6 : Organic chemistry and analysis

RECOMMENDED RESOURCES:

  • 50 Chemistry ideas - Hayley Birch

  • Chemistry - Catherine Housecroft

  • Why Chemical Reactions - TIETZ

  • Why Chemical Reactions - James Keeler

  • Chocolate and Health - W Jeffrey Hurst

  • Colour Chemistry - Robert Christie

ASSESSMENTS

Exam Papers

Paper 1 : Periodic table, elements, and physical chemistry

2hrs 15mins (37%)

Paper 2: Synthesis and analytical techniques 

2hrs 15mins (37%)

Paper 3: Unified Chemistry

1hr 30mins (26%)

 

Non-exam Assessments

12 internally moderated practicals

HIGHER EDUCATION ROUTES

Chemical Engineering / Chemistry / Medicine / Pharmacy / Chemical Sciences / Biological Sciences / Biomedical Science / Materials Science / Petroleum and Petrochemical Engineering / Teaching / Law / Science Communication

POTENTIAL CAREERS

Doctor / General Practitioner / Surgeon / Pharmacist / Radiography / Forensic Scientist / Chemist / Chemical Engineer / Biochemical Engineer / Material Scientist / Petroleum Engineer / Petrochemical Engineer / Teaching / Lawyer / Science Communicator

EXAM BOARD: OCR

COURSE CODE: H432

COURSE TYPE: A Level