LEVEL: 3 A LEVEL
EXAMINING BOARD: OCR
TYPE OF STUDY: FULL-TIME, SIXTH FORM
PASS RATE: 98% IN 2019
Chemistry is a challenging and practical subject. It will give you an in-depth understanding of key chemical concepts and provide you with problem-solving skills and knowledge that are highly sought after by universities and employers. As your understanding develops, you will appreciate the importance of the subject to everyday life, learning about drug development, atmospheric chemistry, electrochemical cells and industrial catalysis
This course is aimed at students with a strong academic background in Mathematics and Science. You should have an interest and enthusiasm for the subject and enjoy practical work. You will extend your investigative skills and grow in confidence, handling sophisticated lab apparatus and hazardous chemicals. You will also learn how to research and report your ideas in a precise and scientific manner.
Chemistry offers many progression routes including Veterinary, Medicine, Pharmacy, Chemical Engineering and Pharmaceutical Research. It complements other science subjects such as Biology, Physics and Mathematics alongside other earth sciences or subjects requiring strong mathematical skills like Computer Science.
This A Level is assessed by 3 exams at the end of Year 2. You will also achieve a Practical Endorsement. You will study the subject in 2 well-equipped laboratories that have modern IT facilities. Chemistry is taught by a team of highly qualified subject specialists who deliver the subject content with enthusiasm.
Enrichment opportunities include visits by guest lecturers, trips to the University of Bristol and the chance to participate in the Chemistry Olympiad. You may also take part in Lab Moles in the summer term to extend your practical skills.
On this course you will study the following topics:
- Fundamental Chemistry – equations, formulae and calculations
- Inorganic Chemistry – The Periodic Table; group 2, group 7 and the transition elements
- Physical Chemistry – Reaction rates, energetics, equilibrium, acids and pH and electrochemical cells
- Organic Chemistry – Organic synthesis, analysis and practical techniques
Because this is a demanding subject, I was concerned about the time I would have to put in, in addition to classwork, because I do Volleyball and gym outside of college. But I have found that the 5 hours a week that has been allocated is enough to get all the work done and I complete it in the spare time I have during the college day. Plus, if you are stuck with your subjects, there is good support around college which has really helped me.
Amy Hart, Chemistry student
5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language or Literature and a minimum grade 6 in Mathematics and Chemistry (or Double Science).
You are advised to add Core Maths to your Study Programme if you have GCSE Maths grade 6 or would like to benefit from additional Mathematical skills support.