Chemistry A/AS Level OCR

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

‘BB’ in double award GCSE Science or ‘B’ in GCSE Chemistry as part of a minimum entry requirement into 6th form with 7 A* - C.

WHO TEACHES BIOLOGY?

Mr Ocansey, Mrs Mir and Mrs Naik.

Each group is usually shared between two teachers.

WHAT COURSE DO WE FOLLOW?

The 2015/2016 cohort of Year 12 will follow the new AQA Chemistry specification, which has some major difference to the previous course:

  • There is no longer any controlled assessment tasks.  The students will complete a number of set practical tasks as part of their normal lessons during the year in order to complete a practical log book (kept in school), and they will be tested on these practical skills in their exams.
  • The AS exam will not count towards the final A Level grade:  it is classed as a totally separate award.  The A level grade is based purely on the exams completed at the end of Year 13.
  • http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/chemistry-7404-7405

Students are expected to achieve at least a GRADE ‘D’ at AS to continue to A2.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Progress tests are given at the end of each part of every module; these are used for the regular progress checks. Mock exams are given in late January.

COURSE OUTLINE FOR NEW CHEMISTRY AS/A LEVEL:

YEAR 12

MODULE 1 Physical structure:

Atomic structure

Kinetics

Oxidation, reduction and redox equations

Bonding

Energetics

Equilibrium

Moles

MODULE 2 Inorganic chemistry:

Periodicity

Group 2 and 7 elements

MODULE 3 Organic chemistry

Introduction and to organic chemistry

Alkanes

Organic analysis

Progress tests for each topic, a mock exam in January and a real exam in May/June.  There is no practical endorsement separate from the AS grade.

 

YEAR 13

MODULE 1 Physical structure:

Thermodynamics

Rate equations

Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems

Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells

Acids and bases

MODULE 2 Inorganic chemistry:

Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides

Transition metals

Reactions of ions in aqueous solution

MODULE 3 Organic chemistry:

Optical isomerism

Aldehydes and ketones

Carboxylic acids and derivatives

Aromatic chemistry

Amines

Polymers

Amino acids, proteins and DNA

Organic synthesis

Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

Chromatography

Progress tests for each topic, a mock exam in January and a real exam in May/June.  A separate additional Pass/Fail is recorded for student's practical work from their logbook.