Chemistry is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts. Some topics follow on from the GCSE course such as quantitative Chemistry, electronic structure and bonding. Other new concepts are also introduced such as enthalpy, isomerism and aromatic chemistry. This course has a strong mathematical component; approximately 40% of the course is based upon chemical calculations. The teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics and they are assessed both through written examination papers and the practical endorsement. Students will complete approximately 3 hours of practical work every week. They will be expected to keep accurate and up-to-date records of practical work in their laboratory books in order to achieve the final practical endorsement. The learning process is a blend of dynamic learning styles, including teacher-led sessions, presentations and projects. These maybe accompanied by field trips and visits to local industries or universities
Exam Board: OCR
Qualification Title: Chemistry
Qualification Specification Code: H432
Qualification Webpage: Click here to visit the OCR webpage for the specification.
Standard Sixth Form entry requirements, plus GCSE Science grade 6 or above
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