CHEMISTRY

EXAM BOARD: OCR – COURSE CODE: H432

COURSE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students must have achieved a Grade 7 in chemistry at GCSE or a 7/7 in Double Science. A Grade 6 in Mathematics and English are also required as these are essential skills to successfully complete an A level course. Students must be prepared to spend time on background reading and taking an informed interest in relevant items in the media.  A commitment to hard work is essential.

OVERVIEW OF COURSE CONTENT

Chemistry A level is a linear course examined after two years.  It’s split into six modules: 

Module 1           Development of practical skills in chemistry

Module 2           Foundation in Chemistry

Module 3           Periodic table and energy 

Module 4           Core organic chemistry 

Module 5            Physical chemistry and transition elements – This unit includes topics on reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative), pH and buffers, enthalpy, entropy and free energy, redox and electrode potentials and transition elements.

Module 6       Organic chemistry and analysis – This unit includes topics on aromatic compounds, carbonyl compounds, carboxylic acids and esters, nitrogen compounds, polymers, organic synthesis, chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR)

Modules 1 to 6, combined with the practical endorsement, constitute the full A Level (H432)

Candidates are required to keep a lab book with notes and analysis of all the practical work undertaken during the A level course.  This provides evidence that a student has met the skills requirements of the examining board and attracts a pass/fail for practical endorsement from the teacher.

FUTURE COURSE PATHWAYS

A Level Chemistry is an excellent base for a university degree in healthcare such as medicine, pharmacy veterinary science and dentistry as well as 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. Chemistry can also complement a number of arts subjects. 

A range of career opportunities including chemical, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries and in areas such as forensics, environmental protection and healthcare. The problem-solving skills are useful for many other areas too, such as law and finance. 

EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS 

Chemistry will develop a logical and imaginative mind.  The subject is challenging, but intellectually rewarding. To an employer, a chemistry qualification is an excellent education in the development of transferable skills including investigating, problem solving, research, decision making, mathematical and analytical skills and team working.