• Sixth Form Chemistry

Chemistry

Course: A Level GCE Chemistry A | AS Level GCE Chemistry A

At the Urswick School we follow the OCR A chemistry specification. All A Levels are now made up of either an AS course of a full A level course. Each one has examinable units covering the different aspects of Chemistry. In the full A level course, there is an additional standalone practical unit which assesses student’s abilities to carry out procedures, observations, and process results.

You will be given regular throughout the course tests. Your parents will be kept informed about your progress.

What will I study on the course?

For AS and A level

Module 1: Development of practical skills.
Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation.

Module 2: Foundations in chemistry
Includes atoms, compounds, molecules, equations, acid –base and redox reactions, electrons, bonding and structure, amount of substance. 

Module 3: Periodic table and energy
Includes the periodic table, periodicity, group 2, the halogens, quantitative analysis, reaction rates, equilibrium and enthalpy changes.

Module 4: Core organic chemistry
Includes hydrocarbons, alcohols, haloalkanes, organic synthesis and analytical techniques.


For the full A level course only

Module 5: Physical chemistry and transition elements
Includes pH, buffers, enthalpy, entropy, free energy, redox and electrode potentials and transition elements.

Module 6: Organic chemistry and analysis
Includes aromatic compounds, carbonyl compounds, carboxylic acids and esters, nitrogen compounds, polymers, organic synthesis, chromatography and spectroscopy.

When are the exams?

AS Level: You will sit two papers which can both assess any of the content from modules 1-4. They will be sat at the end of year 12.

  • Paper 1: 50% of final grade, 1 hr 30 mins. Some of the marks for this paper are multiple choice, the rest are structured or long answer questions.
  • Paper 2: 50% of final grade, 1 hr 30 mins. All of the marks on this paper are structured or long answer questions.


A Level: You will sit 3 papers, all at the end of year 13.

  • Paper 1: 37% of final grade, 2 hr 15 mins. Some of the marks for this paper are multiple choice, the rest are structured or long answer questions. It covers content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5.
  • Paper 2: 37% of final grade, 2 hr 15 mins. Some of the marks for this paper are multiple choice, the rest are structured or long answer questions. It covers content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6.
  • Paper 3: 26% of final grade, 1 hr 30 mins. All of the marks on this paper are structured or long answer questions. It covers the content from all 6 modules.

As part of the full A level course you will also receive a grade for your practical competence. This will be assessed using 12 practical activities throughout the two years of the course. This is reported as a separate grade and doesn’t count towards your overall A level grade.