A-Level OCR H034/H434
Chemistry is a fascinating subject that sits in the middle of the science suite. It builds on the knowledge and understanding students have developed at Key Stage 4 and starts to unravel some of the mysteries of chemicals and chemical processes, which allow us to live our modern lives.
There are 3 units in both the AS and A2 qualifications. In the AS course you will start by learning about the fundamentals of chemistry and chemical reactions through a tour of the chemist’s friend, the periodic table. The second unit looks at the fundamentals of carbon chemistry (the basis of life on earth) and energy in reactions. The third unit is a range of practical
assessments carried out in lessons.
In A2 there is a second set of practical assessments. The two further units of study include a wider look at carbon chemistry, extending to study a range of new chemical groups and their structures. The final unit looks at new areas of the periodic table, as well as how reactions are monitored and interpreted.
Details and a lot more information, including many of the learning
resources, are published on the school portal – select Advanced Level
Year 12 – AS Chemistry
Unit 1: Atoms, Bonds and Groups
Unit 2: Chains, Energy and Rings
Unit 3: Practical Skills Assessment
Year 13 – A2 Chemistry
Unit 4: Rings, Polymers and Analysis
Unit 5: Equilibria, Energetics and Elements
Unit 6: Practical Skills Assessment
Future Study and Career Opportunities Chemistry is highly regarded by all universities and employers for its intellectual challenge. There are a range of university courses directly related to the subject, such as chemistry and biochemistry and vocational courses such as forensic science. It is also highly desirable for those looking to go on to careers in medicine, dentistry and veterinary work.
Other subjects also value A-Level chemistry, such as accountancy, finance and marketing.