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Kilkeel High School, Knockchree Avenue, Kilkeel

Chemistry A Level

The Chemistry department in Kilkeel High School follows the specification provided by OCR and CCEA for modular Chemistry at AS level and A The Chemistry department in Kilkeel High School follows the specification provided by OCR for modular Chemistry at AS level and A level.

The Courses

The AS is the first part of the full Advanced GCE course.  It will be assessed at a standard appropriate for candidates who have completed half of the Advanced GCE course.  The full Advanced GCE comprises the AS and the second half of the Advanced GCE course referred to as A2.  However, the AS can be taken as a “stand-alone” qualification without progression to A2.  The A2 will be assessed at the standard appropriate for candidates who have completed a full Advanced GCE course and will include an element of synoptic assessment.  The Advanced GCE award will be based on the aggregation of the marks from the AS (50%) and the A2 (50%).  Both AS and A level will be awarded on a five grade scale from A to E. 

Requirements

The AS builds on (but does not depend upon) the knowledge, understanding and skills developed within GCSE Chemistry or GCSE Double Award Science.  The Advanced GCE specification incorporates the AS.  The A2 section of the Advanced GCE builds upon the foundations of knowledge, understanding and skills developed within the AS and provides the basis for further study of Chemistry and related subjects.

Careers

Successful completion of AS and A level Chemistry provides a pathway to many different areas of study/work. 

Overview of Content

Chemistry is the study of the elements and the compounds they form.  The spiritual, moral, ethical, social and cultural issues which arise from this study will provide the opportunity for students to discuss and analyse the contribution of Chemistry to society.  This will involve a critical appraisal of the use of finite resources, the way in which they are used, and the development of global responsibility for ethical use of advances in Chemistry.  The Key Skill of Communication can be used to explore these issues.
 

Details of Modules (OCR)

 AS Unit F321: Atoms, Bonds and Groups

AS Unit F322: Chains, Energy and Resources

AS Unit F323: Practical Skills in Chemistry 1

 A2 Unit F324: Rings, Polymers and Analysis

A2 Unit F325: Equilibria, Energetics and Elements

A2 Unit F326: Practical Skills in Chemistry 2

 

Details of Modules (CCEA)

AS 1: Basic Concepts in Physical and Inorganic Chemistry

AS 2: Further Physical and Inorganic Chemistry and an introduction to Organic Chemistry

AS 3: Basic Practical Chemistry

A2 1: Further Physical and Organic Chemistry

A2 2: Analytical, Transition Metals, Electrochemistry and Organic Nitrogen Chemistry

A2 3: Further Practical Chemistry

 

AS units make up 40% of the full A level, and A2 make up 60%.

 

Some useful weblinks:

http://www.docbrown.info/

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/subjects/chemistry/index.html

http://www.chemguide.co.uk/