A Level Chemistry is essential for medicine and many other related degree courses as graduates are sought after to work in a wide range of jobs. The skills learnt are transferable to other situations as you learn to be organised, think logically and present ideas clearly.
- A minimum of five GCSEs (with two at grade 6, and three at grade 4) including at least two 6s in Science.
- English GCSE grades should be a minimum of a grade 4.
- Maths GCSE grades should be a minimum of a grade 6.
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Chemistry is a versatile subject that develops many important skills which are valued and recognised by both potential employers and universities. If you are interested in studying any medical based subject, for example, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or veterinary science, a good grade in Chemistry at A Level is a compulsory requirement.
Everyone enjoys seeing amazing chemical reactions such as firework displays but to understand how they work you have to use your brain and imagination. Chemistry is the study of reactions at molecular level. What you see when you burn magnesium or put some indicator into an acid are clues about what is going on at the molecular level. Chemists interpret what we see so that we can model what happens at the atomic and sub-atomic level.
6 modules to study over 2 years:
• 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
You will be assessed by a variety of methods over the course. There will be regular class tests, homework, practical activities and research tasks.
No coursework. A practical endorsement is reported separately if you complete the core experiments.
3 written exams at the end of the second year.
OCR Chemistry A