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Albemarle Independent College, 18 Dunraven Street, Mayfair, London W1K 7FE


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
70 marks
1 hour 30 minutes

Development of practical skills in chemistry
Skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation

Foundations in chemistry Includes:
Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations
Amount of substance
Acid-base and redox reactions
Electrons, bonding and structure.

Component Two Depth in Chemistry

50% of AS Level
70 marks
1 hour 30 minutes

Periodic table and energy
The Periodic table and periodicity Group 2 and the halogens Qualitative analysis Enthalpy changes Reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative).

Core organic chemistry
Basic concepts Hydrocarbons Alcohols and haloalkanes Organic synthesis Analytical techniques (IR, MS).

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.

Core text
A Level Chemistry A for OCR Student Book (Ocr a Level): Rob Ritchie, Dave Gent: ISBN:9780198351979

Recommended reading prior to the course
CGP Head Start to AS Chemistry ISBN-13: 978-1847621160