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Blackfen School for Girls

Blackfen School for Girls

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Chemistry A Level


 The A Level Chemistry curriculum  aims to:

It encourages learners to

· Develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other

· Develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods

· Develop competence  and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills

· Develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject

· Understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society

This information, along with the course details below, is taken from the OCR specification, which can be found at the following link:

Course details:

Board: OCR    Course Title: GCE Chemistry A   

Course codes: Advanced Subsidiary GCE H034; Advanced GCE H434

Year 12

Students study three taught units:

Module 2: Foundations in Chemistry

Module 3: Periodic table and energy

Module 4: Core organic Chemistry

Year 13

Students study two taught units:

Module 5: Physical chemistry and transition elements

Module 6: Organic chemistry and analysis

Throughout year 12 and 13 students work on Module 1: Development of practical skills in Chemistry, this involves specified practicals which will be assessed whilst the practical is taking place as well as in their written examination.

How will I be assessed: 

Paper 1: Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry, 100 marks, 2hrs 15 minutes, written paper 37% of total A level

Paper 2: Synthesis and analytical techniques, 100 marks, 2hrs 15 minutes, written paper 37% of total A level

Paper 3: Unified Chemistry, 70 marks, 1hr 30 minutes, written paper 26% of total A level

Practical endorsement in Chemistry: non exam assessment, reported separately