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Chemistry AS/A2 Level (OCR-A) WHAT'S ON THE COURSE? Why study Chemistry? If you're intrigued by experiments and like to see how the world works, then Chemistry is a great subject to pursue. Chemistry is very much an experimental science, dealing with the properties of chemicals and energy. The main aims of Chemists are to make new substances, study their properties and then devise novel uses for them. To do this, chemists employ the fundamentals of Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry. WHAT'S ON THE COURSE? The A Level begins with you looking at the properties and behaviour of elements and compounds in various ways: (a)Theory, practical, numerical (b)Bulk properties, molecular properties (c)Bonding patterns (d)Spectroscopy, polymers, energetics As the course develops you will be using principles, theories and practical skills to find out and understand more about chemistry and chemicals. Reference is frequently made to the real world and how chemistry fits in. At the conclusion of A2 virtually 100% of students pass and go on to University. AS MODULES Module 1: Basics: simple atomic structure, electrons in orbitals, types of chemical bonding, types of chemical structures, moles and equations, acids, essentials or redox reactions, periodic concepts, chemistry of G2 & G7 elements. Assessment 1 hour exam. Module 2: Organic Chemistry (1) and Chemical Energy: basic organic chemistry, alkanes, alkenes, further organic chemistry (halogenoalkanes, alcohols), organic analytical techniques (mass spectroscopy, infra-red spectroscopy), chemical resources. Assessment 1.75 hour exam. Module 3: Chemical Practical Skills (1): In this module you will be taught important practical skills and these will be assessed at various times. The practicals and the assessment tests are based on qualitative (descriptive), quantitative (measurement) and evaluating (deciding) tasks. A2 MODULES Module 4: Organic Chemistry (2): Arenes and aromatic chemistry, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and esters, amines, amino acids, proteins, polyamides, organic synthesis, chromatography, NMR spectroscopy (proton and carbon). Assessment - 1 hour exam. Module 5: Energetics, Equilibrium and Elements: Speed of chemical reactions, chemical equilibrium, pH of acids, buffer solutions, enthalpy, Born-Haber cycle, entropy, free energy, electrode potentials, transition metals. Assessment - 1.75 hour exam. Module 6 (a): Chemical Practical Skills (2): In this module you will be taught important practical skills and these will be assessed at various times. The practicals and the assessment tests are based on qualitative (descriptive), quantitative (measurement) and evaluating (deciding) tasks. What the students say Thomas Howard - Madeley High School I chose chemistry because it's a good practical science subject and studying it also complements the other science subjects that I'm taking at A Level. The course is going well and I'm hoping to go onto university to study science. WHAT'S THE SCHEDULE AND FEES? HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE? 2 Years. Full Time. WHEN DOES IT START? 05 September 2011. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? Tuition fees are free for this course (home students only). However, for students aged 19+, there is a fee of ?50 per year, which may be remitted if you are on income-based benefits. For overseas students and/or full details of expenses please refer to the The Money Matters Page or contact the Information Centre . WHERE DOES IT TAKE PLACE? South Cheshire College. IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR ME? WHO IS IT SUITABLE FOR? For students wanting to be doctors, dentists, vets, chemical/biological scientists or engineers. WHAT CAN I DO NEXT? A Level Chemistry is obviously essential for anyone wishing to study Chemistry at a higher level, but it is also a required A Level for many degree courses including Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy, Forensic Science, Environmental Science and Engineering.

Chemistry AS/A2 Level (OCR-A) WHAT'S ON THE COURSE? Why study Chemistry? If you're intrigued by experiments and like to see how the world works, then Chemistry is a great subject to pursue. Chemistry is very much an experimental science, dealing with the properties of chemicals and energy. The main aims of Chemists are to make new substances, study their properties and then devise novel uses for...

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