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Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls

Carshalton High School for Girls is a highly successful school, judged by Ofsted in November 2017 as ‘Good’ in all categories.

Chemistry in the Sixth Form

A Level Chemistry

Course: OCR A Specification

We teach the OCR 'A' course which is an updated course designed to follow on from our present GCSE Combined Science and GCSE Chemistry. It stretches and challenges students with the use of its latest teacher and student resources and we feel that it will give pupils the opportunity to reach their full potential and take up a high profile university course.

The Chemistry department has very high expectations and students choosing to do this very challenging and highly rewarding subject must be very organised, punctual and prepared to dedicate several hours on homework each week as well as being fully focused and engaged during every lesson.

What is the course about?

Chemistry is central to the study of sciences at Advanced level and beyond. An A-level in Chemistry can broaden any combination of arts or humanities subjects. Continuing to A-level can lead to many different careers in the sciences. Chemistry is vital to the study of medicine, pharmacy and veterinary science. It combines well with physics, maths, and biology for a science course or other A-levels to make a broad based Advanced level course.

Chemistry is a logical subject where the understanding of basic concepts enables you to predict and explain more complex events. Chemists are the forefront of research into dealing with CO2 in the atmosphere and researching into drugs to combat illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and arthritis.

What qualifications will I need to take the course?

A level Chemistry is a challenging course and we recommend students achieve at least a 6 in GSCE Combined Science or Triple Chemistry as well as a 6 in Maths and English GSCE. Students will need to be able to communicate effectively and research information from a variety of sources and also be able to handle and interpret data.

What sort of work will I be doing?

Module 1 – Developing Practical Skills

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

Throughout the two year course you will also complete a comprehensive set of practical investigations. These are designed to complement the content studied during lessons and to gain practical skills that will be required at University.

How will I be assessed?

Exam board: OCR Chemistry A

If you are studying A Level Chemistry you will assessed at the end of the second year by three exam papers:

  1. Physical chemistry-2 hours 15 min
  2. Organic chemistry and synthesis-2 hours 15 min
  3. Unified chemistry-1 hour 30 min

As a school, we do not enter students to sit AS Chemistry examination at the end of the first year. All exams will be sat in Year 13 on the papers, listed above.

What do the students say?

The practicals’ help put the theory into practice and consolidate my knowledge’- Lauren

‘I like taking what I learnt in GCSE into more depth because you can really specialise at A Level’- Barsha

‘Chemistry explains a lot, like why things are biodegradable and why ice floats on water’- Brittany