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Science - Chemistry- A Level OCR

Chemistry is a very vibrant subject: it deals with an atomic and molecular scale interpretation of the world around us and is often called the Central Science because it bridges and infiltrates all branches of Science.

Year 1
Periodic table and energy - The periodic table and periodicity, Group 2 and the halogens, qualitative analysis, enthalpy changes, reaction
rates and equilibrium (qualitative).
Core Organic Chemistry - Hydrocarbons, alcohols and haloalkanes, organic synthesis, analytical techniques (IR, MS).

Year 2
Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements - Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative), pH and buffers, enthalpy, entropy and free energy, redox and
electrode potentials, transition elements.
Organic Chemistry and Analysis - Aromatic compounds, carbonyl compounds, carboxylic acids and esters, nitrogen compounds, polymers, organic
synthesis, chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR).

Taught Through:

Individual and group practical activities; peer and self assessment tasks; exam technique seminars/class activities; research; discussion; presentations; visits to universities; optional one week trip to France and Switzerland.

What could you be?
Chemical Engineer; Dentist; Research Chemist; Doctor; Pharmacist; Environmental Scientist.

Where could you go?
University of Birmingham; University of Bristol; University of Cambridge; Cardiff University; University of Edinburgh; Imperial College London; University of Leeds; University of Liverpool; University of Manchester; University of Nottingham; University of Oxford; University of Sheffield; University of Southampton.

Recent student destinations:
Oxford - Chemistry; Nottingham - Chemistry and Molecular Physics; Nottingham - Medicine; Bath - Pharmacy; York - Chemistry; Bath - Chemistry; Cambridge - Natural Sciences.

Entry Recommendations:
Grade 6 or above in GCSE Chemistry, or Grade 6, 6 in combined science. Grade 6 or above in GCSE Maths.

A Level: 3 Written Exams: Plus a practical skills endorsement.

Mike Bell

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