Chemistry

A-Level Chemistry takes concepts that have been introduced at GCSE and explores them in much greater depth. Organic Chemistry is introduced in a much more substantial way than at GCSE and there is a much greater emphasis on the use of maths to underpin the understanding of a wide range of concepts. By the end of the course, you should have developed your ability to access and apply your knowledge to a wide range of different scenarios.

Specification:
OCR A H432

The Course
Year 12

  • Module 1 – Development of Practical Skills
  • Module 2 – Foundations in Chemistry
  • Module 3 – Periodic Table and Energy
  • Module 4 – Core Organic Chemistry

Year 13

  • Module 1 – Development of Practical Skills
  • Module 2 – Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements
  • Module 5 – Organic Chemistry and Analysis
  • Module 6 – Organic Chemistryand analysis

Skills

  • Sound numeracy skills (20% of the question paper assessment includes mathematical skills)
  • Making links and applying understanding
  • Spatial awareness

Examinations

Year 12 – internal school examinations at the end of Year 12

  • 2 x 1 hour 30 minute written papers
  • Multiple choice, structured and extended response questions.

Year 13

  • 2 x 2 hours 15 minute written papers
  • 1 x 1 hour 30 minute written paper
  • Multiple choice, structured and extended response questions.
  • Teacher assessed practical endorsement – reported separately from grade (pass or fail)

Enrichment

In Year 12/13, the UK Chemistry Olympiad co-ordinated by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Lower Sixth Chemistry Challenge co-ordinated by University of Cambridge.

For further details, please contact Mr Kirk.

All current plans for sixth form programmes of study at Bishop Stopford School are provisional, dependent on student numbers and government policy.