Student Site: chemistry.wheatleypark.org (requires Google Apps signin)
Chemists are interested in the way materials behave and react under different conditions, and the ways in which we can use these materials to benefit society. In this course you will be introduced to many of the ideas and theories which attempt to explain the behaviour and reactions of different materials, and you will learn about some of the ways in which Chemistry is important in the modern world.
The course aims to convey the excitement of contemporary chemistry. It explores frontiers of research and applications of chemistry and relates them to the concepts students need for AS and A2 chemistry. There is an emphasis on developing practical skills throughout the course, leading to an individual one month research project in Y13.
Chemistry is an essential choice for many careers including medicine and veterinary science. It also provides the theoretical basis for all biological sciences and strongly supports students wishing to pursue these courses to a higher level. Other career routes include forensic science, for which a chemistry degree provides by far the best entry route. If you choose chemistry and go on to study for a chemistry degree, you will end up being one of the most highly sought after gradates out there!
Specification: OCR Salters B
AS Paper 1 Breadth of Chemistry - 50%
AS Paper 2 Depth in Chemistry - 50%
Paper 1 Fundamentals of chemistry - 41%
Paper 2 Scientific literacy in chemistry - 37%
Paper 3 Practical skills in chemistry - 22%
Entry requirements: At least five GCSEs at grades A* to C, including GCSE Double Award Science (higher paper) at grade CC or above or GCSE Chemistry at grade C or above and GCSE Mathematics at grade C or above.
Teacher in charge: Mr R.D.Nixon