We follow the OCR Chemistry A specification for chemistry.
This is a linear course with the main examination at the end of Year 13.
A-level chemistry will give you an exciting insight into the contemporary world of chemistry. It covers the key concepts of chemistry and practical skills are integrated throughout the course. This combination of academic challenge and practical focus makes the prospect of studying A-level chemistry enjoyable and interesting. You will learn to investigate and solve problems in a range of contexts and learn about the impact it has on industry and many aspects of everyday life. Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics and they are both assessed through written papers.
In Year 12, we learn the foundation concepts and how these concepts can be applied in unfamiliar contexts. In the first unit, you will learn the basic principles of chemistry, expanding on knowledge from GCSE. In the second unit, we develop new ideas about trends in the periodic table and consider energy in chemical reactions. In the last unit, we learn about the exciting world of organic chemistry and how we can use simple ideas and techniques to generate complex compounds.
In Year 13, these units are developed further and give you the opportunity to increase your knowledge in the areas of physical, organic and inorganic chemistry. We will learn how synthesis and analysis of complex molecules enables us to understand how the structure of the molecule affects the action of drugs, how structure affects the colour of dyes and also how the physical and chemical properties of transition metals have led to many applications from batteries to biological processes.
There is opportunity to engage in practical work at every turn, both demonstrating and investigating the concepts that are introduced as the course progresses. The aim of the course is not only to give you the opportunity to engage with chemistry, but for chemistry to empower you academically, vocationally and personally.
"Every aspect of the world today – even politics and international relations – is affected by chemistry."
Linus Pauling, 1901 to 1994
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