A-Level Chemistry

Start date(s):
31 Aug 2020
Duration:
2 years
Level:
Level 3
Course Code:
1031003
Study Mode:
FT/PT
Attendance Type:
Campus
Attendance Pattern:
Daytime
Awarded by:
OCR (Oxford, Cambridge and RSA)
Location:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £1112 per year, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)
Funding

Overview

This subject will explore how this area of science is organised, the way in which its ideas have developed and the evidence for our current data.

Chemistry at this level attempts to explain why processes happen, working out the reasons for chemical changes and the trends and patterns in these changes. You will study rates of reaction, energy changes, equilibria, carbon chemistry, and amounts of substance.

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Aims

A-Level Chemistry will give you a fantastic insight into the contemporary world of Chemistry. You will cover key concepts of Chemistry with practical skills integrated throughout the course.

This combination of academic work and practical work will allow you to cement your understanding by giving it context and real life application. You will gain essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject, and be able to form links between areas.

Chemistry is taught in a range of different contexts, and you will look at the impact is has on industry and everyday life. You will develop many skills, including learning to process difficult problems using a logical and justified approach.

Modules

Year 1:
  • Foundations in Chemistry - This module provides the basic knowledge on which the course is built upon. Topics include; Atoms, Structure and Bonding, Shapes of molecules, Amount of substance, Intermolecular forces.


Years 1 & 2:
  • Practical Skills in Chemistry - This module is taught throughout the 2 years of study and is composed of a number of required practical assignments.
  • Periodicity - This module is based around the periodic table and looks at patterns and trends in reactivity and properties. Topics include; Group 2 reactions, Group 7 reactions, Reactivity trends, Enthalpy, Reaction rates and Equilibrium.
  • Physical Chemistry - This module covers the basics of Organic Chemistry, including naming, representing and drawing Organic compounds. You will also look into more depth at how certain reactions actually happen and how we can manipulate reactions to make desirable products. Areas you will study include; Alkanes, Alkenes, Alcohols, Haloalkanes, Organic synthesis and Analytical Techniques.


Year 2:
  • Physical Chemistry and Transitional eEements - In this module you will re-visit a number of key areas and go into greater depth to understand the how and why of certain concepts. Key topics include, Rates of reaction, Equilibrium, Acids, Bases and pH, Buffer solutions, Entropy and Free energy, Redox reactions and Transition elements.
  • Organic Chemistry and Analysis - This module will look more Organic groups such as; Carbonyls, Amines, Amino acids, and Benzene. This topic also includes advanced analytical techniques such as NMR and Chromatography. This topic provides pupils to see how many organic reactions can be manipulated to produce desired products.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Lectures
5

Delivery

Day and time of study will be confirmed before the start of your course.

Teaching & assessment

You will be taught by lecturers who are specialists in their subjects. Teaching is classroom based and involves group work and individual work. Independent study is essential outside of the classroom and frequent homework will be given.

You will sit monthly in-class assessment for which you will receive extensive feedback, as well as other assessments throughout the academic year, which will help you track your progress.

Terminal exams will be in May/June.

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Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

Placement:

Work placements are an important part of the programme and all learners will be given assistance in finding a suitable position.

This A-Level, in combination with other subjects, could enable you to apply for degree courses in Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Dentistry, Dietetics, Environmental Science, Geology, Medicine, Nursing/Midwifery, Pharmacy, or Veterinary Science.

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Funding

Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

*Enrolling on their first full Level 3 Course - Free
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Interview Instructions

You will be invited in for a tour of the College, and a one-to-one interview with one of our lecturers. A conditional offer may then be made subject to you meeting the entry criteria.
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Entry Criteria

Ideally, you will hold a minimum of 5 GCSEs at 9 to 4 (A* to C) which must include maths and English. You will need a grade 6 or above in GCSE English Language and maths, and 6's in Chemistry or Core and Additional Science (BB equivalent). GCSE Applied Science is not an acceptable entry qualification for this subject.