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Blackfen School for Girls

Blackfen School for Girls

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Chemistry A Level


 Exam board: OCR

Why study this subject: 

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


Module 1: Development of practical skills in Chemistry

Module 2: Foundations in Chemistry

Module 3: Periodic table and energy

Module 4: Core organic Chemistry

Module 5: Physical chemistry and transition elements

Module 6: Organic chemistry and analysis

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