The Nature of the Course
The OCR Chemistry A specification is a content-led course where the specification is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of chemistry. Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics and they are assessed both through written papers and the Practical Endorsement.
Skills Demanded and Developed
It is expected that any student wishing to embark upon studying Chemistry at A Level will have achieved at least a B grade in GCSE or IGCSE Chemistry, or an A grade in the Chemistry component of GCSE Additional Science. You must also have at least a Grade B in GCSE Mathematics (Higher Tier).The course is designed to fire your interest, and to that end independent learning is actively encouraged. Chemistry forms an ideal subject for branching out beyond the syllabus and exploring a topic in more detail e.g. as the basis of an EPQ or in the Cambridge
Chemistry Challenge, or the Chemistry Olympiad.
You will also:
• Develop your ability to communicate in a variety of ways: discussion, writing, summarising, using chemical formulae and equations, graphs and calculations;
• Learn to select, organise, present and interpret data;
The course is suitable for students who:
• Have an interest in, and enjoyment of, chemistry;
• Enjoy the application of imaginative, logical and critical thinking;
• Want to use chemistry to support other qualifications.
Homework is there to reinforce and extend what you learn in class. A good work ethic and positive attitude to homework serve as the foundation for success in this subject. In addition to the set homework questions, you should also expect to spend a significant amount of your own time learning and reviewing the material covered in lessons, taking responsibility for ensuring that you understand what you have been taught.
Careers and Higher Education Implications
A Level Chemistry is a prerequisite for many courses in Higher Education and for many areas of employment.
It is seen as highly desirable when presenting as a potential undergraduate because of the high level of demand represented by the A Level course and because of the logical, analytical and numeracy skills which are demonstrated by those who have achieved highly in A Level Chemistry.
Further details can be found at: www.rsc.org/careers/future/
Strong A-Level Combinations
Possible Further Study and Degree Courses
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