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Chemistry Why choose A-level chemistry? It is an interesting subject requiring and developing a variety of skills Your chosen career needs a qualification in chemistry. A qualification in chemistry is highly valued and leads to a wide variety of careers. If you are undecided, more options are kept open by studying chemistry. Why study A-level chemistry at Greenhead? This department has a consistent record of excellent results. The average pass rate (grades A to E) for A-level courses over the last few years is in excess of 98% with 65% obtaining grades A and B, compared to the national figures of 90% and 46% respectively. Our staff have high expectations of students but also care about their well-being. If you have ability then it will be reflected in your grade. The staff are very experienced with proven teaching skills and they are always available to help students resolve difficulties. Beacon Award 1997. Grade 1 in LSC inspections. This is one of the largest Chemistry departments in the country. Chemistry courses offered at Greenhead There is a choice of A and AS level courses. There are six units of assessment in each A level and three units of assessment in each AS level. Course Summaries There is a choice of two specifications which can be taken to: AS level in one year covering 3 units (one of which is coursework based) A-level where a further 3 units are covered in a second year of study. (one of which is coursework based) Both specifications include internally assessed practical work and are of the same standard differing mainly in their approach to the subject. OCR - A OCR B (Salters) In the OCR course, the topics covered in the AS year provide a firm foundation in basic chemical principles. The Salters course looks at modern developments and applications of chemistry and introduces the chemical principles when required. In the A2 year, these are developed further by studying areas such as: polymers and proteins catalysts chemical analysis The teaching units cover a wide range of areas including: developing fuels medicines by design elements from the sea A wide range of activities is used including laboratory practical investigations, data analysis, groupwork, analytical analysis and computer work. We have an extensive intranet/Moodle site to support your studies. What's the difference between OCR-A and Salters? The OCR - A specification is traditional in terms of content and approach. It is divided into modules in which you develop a knowledge and understanding of the key concepts of Chemistry. Most lessons are teacher-led, involving class discussion, taking notes and working through questions. Practical work is used to illustrate ideas and to learn practical skills and techniques. The Salters course is designed to show the ways in which Chemistry is used and the work that Chemists do. It is divided into modules, each with a familiar-sounding title such as What's in a Medicine? Developing Fuels, Thread of Life. The lessons involve a range of activities including practical work, group-work, data analysis and problem-solving. In the A2 year you do a practical project which enables you to experience how scientific research is carried out. You should choose the specification that you think suits you best. To arrive at a decision you should: think about how you like to learn read about their differences ask for further information at open evenings Each of these specificatons will lead to any career which requires A-level chemistry. Whichever specification you choose to study at Greenhead, you will not be disappointed. What can I do with A-level chemistry? Where do Chemists End Up Working? Chemical Industry Public Services Academia and Teaching Publishing, Technical Writing Patent Law, Intellectual Property Law Finance and Investment Analysis Chemical Industry Life Sciences Industry Petrochemicals Formulations and Household Products Polymers Bulk Commodities Speciality Chemicals What Do Che

Chemistry Why choose A-level chemistry? It is an interesting subject requiring and developing a variety of skills Your chosen career needs a qualification in chemistry. A qualification in chemistry is highly valued and leads to a wide variety of careers. If you are undecided, more options are kept open by studying chemistry. Why study A-level chemistry at Greenhead? This department has a...

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