A level Chemistry is an exciting, challenging and rewarding course. AS Chemistry builds on the knowledge gained from GCSE, whereby simplified theories are developed to shed more light and understanding on why various reactions or compounds occur the way they do. A level Chemistry is an excellent base and highly respected subject for university degrees such as Medicine, Pharmacy Engineering and other STEM subjects. Studying Chemistry will develop valuable skills such as practical chemistry, analytical thinking, problem solving and numeracy which transferable and valued by employers.
To study Chemistry at Haggerston a minimum grade of B/B in double science is expected. A keen interest and proficiency in Mathematics is also advised as there is a lot of numeracy in Chemistry. We do the OCR A level chemistry A course which runs over two years. There are 6 modules in total, modules 1 is done over the two years, modules 2 to 4 are done in the first year (As Chemistry) and module 5 and 6 are done in the second year (A2 chemistry). At the end of the first year two examination papers are done (breadth and depth in chemistry) and three examination papers are done in the second year.
A level OCR Chemistry schedule
|As Chemistry (year 1)||A2 Chemistry (year 2)|
|1st Autumn half term||Module 1 : refers to the practical skills that need to be developed over the two years. As a result, Module 1 has been embedded in the other 5 modules and taught throughout the two years of A level Chemistry.||Module 2
Starts at the beginning of the year and is covered by both chemistry teachers.
Module 2 is finished the first weeks back after the first half term.
Starts at the beginning of the year up until the end of the spring term and is covered by the physical chemistry teacher
Starts at the beginning of the year up until the end of the spring term and is covered by the Organic chemistry teacher
|2nd Autumn half term||Module 3
Starts in the second half term of the autumn term till the end of spring term and is taught by the Physical chemistry teacher
Starts in the second half term of the autumn term till the end of spring term and is taught by the Organic chemistry teacher
|1st Spring half term|
|2nd Spring half term|
|1st Summer half term||Exam preparations||Exam preparations|
|2nd Summer half term||End of year exams ( 2 papers)||End of year exams (3 papers)|