Sixth Form Applications
Applications to Heart of England Sixth Form are welcome.
Sixth Form: Chemistry
Why Study AS or A2 Chemistry?
A level Chemistry builds on the knowledge and understanding developed at GCSE level. The course aims to stimulate interest in and enjoyment of chemistry, to foster logical critical thinking and demonstrate the wider application of chemical knowledge. It integrates theory and experimental work, developing investigative and manipulative skills. Students are encouraged to develop their scientific communication through research, discussion and written work. Students who study chemistry at A level have various career opportunities open to them. These include research chemistry, pharmacy, biochemistry, environmental science, medicine, chemical engineering, radiography and careers in the finance sector.
Syllabuses (Course Outline and Structure)
OCR Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Chemistry A H034 (50% of entire A level)
OCR Advanced GCE in Chemistry A H434 (50% of entire A level)
The Advanced GCE is made up of three units at AS and three further units at A2. Two of the A2 units are externally assessed and the third unit F326 Practical Skills is internally assessed.
For entry on to the course you should achieve Grade B in Triple Award GCSE Science (Chemistry) or Grades BB in GCSE Double Award Science—although A or A* grades will make the subject more easily accessible to you. In addition, at least Grade B in GCSE Mathematics is required.
Historically, students who achieve at the highest level are well motivated towards independent study.
The practical components of the AS and A2 courses are delivered during one lesson per fortnight in a dedicated Laboratory Session. During these sessions skills will be introduced, practised and formally assessed. Marks achieved in these Practical Skills Assessments are subject to external moderation by the OCR examination board and contribute 20% of both the AS and A2 courses.
During Year 13 a workshop covering the application of spectroscopy in chemical analysis is delivered in school by the University of Leicester.
Textbooks are provided for both the AS and A2 courses. Laboratory coats and safety glasses are supplied. Students may wish to purchase their own revision books from a commercial publisher.
Complementary Subject Combinations
Chemistry links well with Biology, physics and Mathematics. Historically a significant proportion of students successfully studied chemistry alongside a variety of different A levels to achieve a broad balanced curriculum.
Questions from past papers are used extensively during the delivery of the course and are adapted to augment homework tasks. In addition to this, pupils will complete whole past papers towards the end of the teaching for each unit, in order to prepare pupils for the overall structure of each paper, and the time restrictions associated with them. We fully encourage all pupils to work independently, and the following URL can be followed to locate all of the past papers for the course except the most recent paper, and their mark schemes.