Chemistry

Science

CHEMISTRY AS/A2

COURSE CONTENT

AS

Unit 1 – Atoms, bonds and groups
  • Atoms and reactions
  • Electrons, bonding and structure
  • The Periodic Table
Unit 2 – Chains, energy and resources
  • Basic concepts and hydrocarbons
  • Alcohols, halogenoalkanes and Analysis
  • Energy
  • Resources and green chemistry

A2

Unit 1 – Rings, polymers and analysis
  • The reactions of benzene and phenols, carbonyl compounds, acids, esters and amines.
  • Polymers and organic synthesis.
  • Analytical techniques.
Unit 2 – Equilibria, energetics and elements
  • A study of rates, equilibrium and pH.
  • Enthalpy, entropy, redox and electrode potentials.
  • A study of the transition elements.

EXAMINATION

AS

  • Unit 1 – 1 hour written examination.
  • Unit 2 – 1 hour 45 minutes written examination.
  • Assessed practical work

A2

  • Unit 1 – 1 hour 15 minutes written examination.
  • Unit 2 – 2 hour written examination.
  • Assessed practical work

Examination Board – OCR

WHO IS THIS COURSE SUITABLE FOR?

This course would be most suitable for students who have gained at least a grade B in GCSE Chemistry or those who have achieved at least a grade B in Additional Science. Chemistry is an excellent option for any student wishing to study science based degrees at University.

WHAT IS THE COURSE STYLE?

The specification is divided into chemical topics, each containing different key concepts of Chemistry. Once the key features of a chemical topic have been developed, applications are considered. For assessment purposes, knowledge and understanding of key concepts are treated separately at AS; important links between different areas of chemistry are largely assessed synoptically at A2. While the teaching of practical skills may be integrated with the theoretical topics, they are assessed separately.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Chemistry is a challenging, academic and rigorous A level that will impress many universities/employers. Chemistry can lead to many careers in healthcare such as medicine, pharmacy and dentistry. It can be useful in careers in the biological sciences, physics, mathematics, pharmacology and analytical chemistry. Chemistry is also taken by many law applicants as it shows you can cope with difficult concepts.