Why choose A-level chemistry?
It is an interesting subject requiring and developing a variety of skills. Your chosen career needs a qualification in chemistry. A qualification in chemistry is highly valued and leads to a wide variety of careers. If you are undecided, more options are kept open by studying chemistry.
The specification is divided into chemical topics, each containing different key concepts of chemistry. Once the key features of a chemical topic have been developed, applications are considered. For assessment purposes, knowledge and understanding of key concepts are treated separately at AS; important links between different areas of chemistry are largely assessed synoptically at A2. While the teaching of practical skills may be integrated with the theoretical topics, they are assessed separately. This allows skills to be developed in a way suited to each individual centre. This specification incorporates the QCA Subject Criteria for Chemistry.
• Atoms and reactions
• Electrons, bonding and structure
• The Periodic Table
• Basic concepts and hydrocarbons
• Alcohols, halogenoalkanes and analysis
• This AS (practical skills) unit is teacher assessed and externally moderated by OCR.
• Candidates are assessed on one task form each of the following categories: qualitative, quantitative and evaluative tasks.
• Rings, acids and amines
• Polymers and synthesis
• Rates, equilibrium and pH
• Transition elements
• This A2 (practical skills) unit is teacher assessed and externally moderated by OCR.
• Candidates are assessed on one task from each of the following categories: qualitative, quantitative and evaluative tasks.