AS Course Outline
What is Chemistry?
Chemistry is the study of the composition and reactions of all substances. Chemists explain their observations of the nature and behaviour of substances in terms of the structure and arrangement of their particles: atoms, molecules or ions.
Such examples include: why certain compounds can be used to make large scale explosives. Why and how the development of new technology can reduce the effect of global warming.
The New AS level syllabus includes material intended to enhance the understanding of contemporary issues which are frequently in the media.
This includes 'green' chemistry, fuel cells for powering electric vehicles, chemotherapy treatments and other pharmaceuticals.
Which degree courses will Chemistry enable me to study at University?
What do I need for the course?
|Chemistry (OCR) AS Specification|
Component One Breadth in Chemistry
50% of AS Level
Development of practical skills in chemistry
Foundations in chemistry
Component Two Depth in Chemistry
50% of AS Level
Periodic table and energy
Core organic chemistry
Structure of the Course
The course will be taught in 5 x 1 hour lessons per week, supplemented by tutorials and revision sessions.
One lesson each week is dedicated to practical work, and practical skills will be developed and assessed in these lessons. Homework is set after each class and is an essential part of the course. Mock exams take place once a month.
Recommended reading prior to the course
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