Head of Department
Mr A Williams
Overview of the course
OCR Chemistry – The course looks at three main areas; Physical, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry. Physical Chemistry looks at the structure of atoms, bonding and factors effecting reaction rates including mathematical calculations. Inorganic chemistry focuses on specific groups of the periodic table and their properties. Organic chemistry looks at the different groups of chemicals including, alkanes, alcohols, alkenes, carboxylic acids and ketones. Amino acids and DNA is also studied in year 2 of the course allowing links with A-level Biology.
Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry
Practical skills will be assessed in written examinations. During all aspects of the course practical work will be completed and a portfolio of work collated. These experiments will be examined in the terminal exams.
Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry
Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations.
Amount of substance and acid-base and redox reactions.
Electrons, bonding and structure.
Module 3 – Periodic table and energy
The periodic table and periodicity
Group 2 and halogens
Qualitative analysis and enthalpy changes
Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative)
Module 4 – Core organic chemistry
Hydrocarbons, alcohols and haloalkanes
Organic synthesis and analytical techniques (IR and MS)
Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements:
Rates equilibrium and pH
Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis:
Aromatic compounds, carbonyls and acids
Nitrogen compounds, polymers and synthesis
AS Assessment: Two written papers
Paper 1 – Breadth in Chemistry (70 marks)
Paper 2 – Depth in Chemistry (70 marks)
Each 1 hour and 30 minutes long and is worth 50% of the AS
A2 Assessment: Three written papers
Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (01) - 100 marks (2 hours 15 minutes)
Synthesis and analytical techniques (02) - 100 marks (2 hours 15 minutes)
Unified chemistry (03) - 70 marks (1 hour 30 minutes)
Component 01 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5 and is worth 37% of the A level.
Component 02 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6 and is worth 37% of the A level.
Component 03 assesses content from all modules 1 to 6 and is worth 26% of the A level.
Possible Career Paths
Students will require this A-level for course such as medicine and dentistry. It is also fundamental for biomedical science and other science degrees. The skills obtained are extremely favourable to employers if students wish to pursue employment following A levels.