Course specification: OCR: AS Level H032, A Level H432
Content of AS Level
Module 1 Development of practical skills in Chemistry
- Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation
Module 2 Foundations in Chemistry
- Atomic structure
- Quantitative chemistry: formulae, equations, amount of substance and the mole
- Reactions of acids
- Oxidation number and redox reactions
- Bonding and structure
Module 3 Periodic table and energy
- The periodic table and periodicity
- Group 2 and the halogens
- Qualitative analysis
- Enthalpy changes
- Reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative)
Module 4 Core organic chemistry
- Basic concepts
- Alcohols and haloalkanes
- Organic synthesis
- Analytical techniques (IR and MS)
Breadth in Chemistry (01) assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 (1 hour 30 minutes written paper accounting for 50% of the final grade). Depth in Chemistry (02) assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 (1 hour 30 minutes written paper accounting for 50% of the final grade).
Content of A Level
Modules 1 to 4 as described in the AS Level content.
Module 5 Physical Chemistry and transition elements
- Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative)
- pH and buffers
- Enthalpy, entropy and free energy
- Redox and electrode potentials; transition elements
Module 6 Organic Chemistry and analysis
- Aromatic compounds
- Carbonyl compounds
- Carboxylic acids and esters
- Nitrogen compounds
- Organic synthesis
- Chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR)
Periodic table, elements and physical Chemistry (01) assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5 (2 hours 15 minutes written paper accounting for 37% of the final grade).
Synthesis and analytical techniques (02) assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6 (2 hours 15 minutes written paper accounting for 37% of the final grade).
Unified Chemistry (03) assesses content from modules 1-6 (1 hour 30 minutes written paper accounting for 26% of the final grade).
Practical endorsement in Chemistry (04) non exam assessment – requires completion of 12 practicals.
- An aptitude for practical work
- An inquisitive and investigative mind
- Analytical and evaluative skills
- An aptitude for problem solving
- Communication and presentation skills
- The ability to think and reason abstractly
- The Cambridge Science Festival
- Lectures at the University of Cambridge
- Society for Chemical Industry (SCI)
- Talks at the University of Cambridge Chemistry Department
- Chemistry Olympiad and Cambridge Chemistry Challenge
- Trips to conferences and universities
Higher Education and career prospects
Chemistry A Level is a necessary requirement for a number of degree courses, including: Medicine, Veterinary Science, Forensic Science, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Biological Sciences, Pharmacy and Environmental Science. It can also provide a breadth of study for application to banking, law or businessrelated degrees.
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