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Chemistry AS/A Level (Year 1)
Qualification:
H032 AS Level Chemistry A 
Starts:
13/09/2016 
Ends:
06/06/2017 
Weeks:
30 
Days:
Tue 
Type:
Evening Course 
Study Mode
Part-Time 
Assessment:
Exams and Coursework 
Level:
Area:
A-Levels 
Course Code:
CESCH1A 
 
Entry Requirements
Grade B in GCSE Chemistry (or Grade B in GCSE Science and Grade B in GCSE Additional Science) (or equivalent) and Grade B in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent) and Grade C in GSCE English (or equivalent). It is recommended that you speak to the course tutor before enrolling. Please contact 0114 260 2600 or click "Get in touch" at the top of the page.
 
 

Chemistry AS Level

The evening A level chemistry course is primarily for mature students. Chemistry is the study of the elements and their compounds. It is a basic science, key to understanding the world we live in and a practical science with an enormous number and variety of important applications. This course will demand an enthusiasm for chemistry, a commitment to work hard and an ability to work independently and take responsibility for your own progress, but the effort is rewarded by a well-regarded qualification.


About the Course

The course is divided into topics, each containing different key concepts of chemistry. Once the key features of a topic have been developed, applications are considered. The delivery methods include lectures, laboratory work and group work, with regular homework being set which plays an important part of the learning process. A range of resources is available in the Learning Resource Centre and via the VLE. The science laboratories at Sheffield City College are well equipped. Emphasis throughout the course is on developing knowledge, competence and confidence in practical skills and problem solving.

The tutor has over 20 years of experience teaching A level chemistry.


Key Units

OCR AS (HO32)/ A level Year 1 (H432) Modules

Module 1: Development of practical skills in chemistry

  • Chemistry is a practical subject and the development of practical skills is fundamental to understanding the nature of chemistry. 
  • Practical skills are embedded throughout the course.
  • Skills in planning, implementing, analysing and evaluating are assessed in the written examinations. 
  • Skills in the use of a wide range of apparatus and techniques, use and application of scientific methods and practices, independent thinking, and research and referencing are assessed through a minimum of 12 practicals for the Practical Endorsement, which appears on the A level certificate as a separately reported result.

Module 2: Foundations in chemistry
This module builds on ideas studied at GCSE and develops a platform of key concepts in chemistry. 

During this unit you will learn about: 
  • Atoms
  • Compounds 
  • Molecules
  • Equations
  • Amount of substance
  • Acid-base and redox reactions
  • Electrons
  • Bonding and structure

Module 3: Periodic table and energy
This module is an introduction to inorganic and physical chemistry. 

During this unit you will learn about: 
  • The periodic table and periodicity
  • Group 2 and the halogens
  • Qualitative analysis
  • Enthalpy changes 
  • Reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative)

Module 4: Core organic chemistry

This module is an introduction to organic chemistry. 

During this unit you will learn about: 
  • Basic concepts
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Alcohols
  • Haloalkanes
  • Organic Synthesis
  • Analytical Techniques (IR Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry)

AS Assessment: Two written examinations taken in May/June

  • 1 Breadth in chemistry, 1½ hours, 70 marks. 
  • 2 Depth in chemistry, 1½ hours, 70 marks. 

A level Year 2 Modules (H432)

Module 5: Physical chemistry and transition elements

This module builds on ideas studied in year 1. 

During this unit you will learn about: 
  • Reaction rates and Equilibrium (quantitative)
  • pH and buffers 
  • Enthalpy, entropy and free energy
  • Redox and electrode potentials 
  • Transition elements

Module 6: Organic chemistry and analysis

This module builds on ideas studied in year 1.

During this unit you will learn about: 
  • Aromatic compounds
  • Carbonyl compounds
  • Carboxylic acids and esters
  • Nitrogen compounds 
  • Polymers
  • Organic synthesis
  • Chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR).

A level Assessment: Three written examinations taken in May/June at end of Year 2

  • 1 Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry, 2¼ hours, 100 marks. 
  • 2 Synthesis and analytical techniques, 2¼ hours, 100 marks. 
  • 3 Unified chemistry, 1½ hours, 70 marks. 

Practical endorsement in chemistry (non-exam assessment)



Entry Requirements

Grade B in GCSE Chemistry (or Grade B in GCSE Science and Grade B in GCSE Additional Science) (or equivalent) and Grade B in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent) and Grade C in GSCE English (or equivalent). It is recommended that you speak to the course tutor before enrolling. Please contact 0114 260 2600 or click "Get in touch" at the top of the page.


Assessment

Exams


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You will find it helpful to revise GCSE Chemistry topics before joining the course.


Extra Costs

Please bring pens, pencils, paper and a scientific calculator to each class. You are expected to obtain a recommended textbook, please see the OCR website for details.