Chemistry

A Level Course

Why should I study Chemistry at Moor Park?

Chemistry today is at the forefront of new developments and is an exciting and ever changing subject. It has an impact on our everyday lives in numerous ways from modern technology to food, fashion and health, amongst others. The Chemistry department at Moor Park benefits from state of the art, newly refurbished laboratories, which allows for dynamic teaching and outstanding learning experiences. Chemistry teachers at Moor Park have a student centred approach aimed at nurturing the individual’s passion for Chemistry whilst facilitating the highest academic achievement.

What will the course involve?

We deliver the OCR Advanced level Chemistry course (Specification A). There is a smooth transition from GCSE to A Level. The skills and knowledge that you acquired at GCSE will all be revisited and expanded on and developed in a series of interactive and comprehensive notes. The topics studied are relevant to everyday life allowing you to appreciate the wider applications of chemistry in modern living. We will cover topics such as buffers and their use in the cosmetics industry, chiral carbons and its wider health implications in pharmacology and electrochemistry to develop batteries for the future, such as the hydrogen fuel cell.

Embedded throughout the course are many hands on practical opportunities, allowing you to develop personal thinking skills, experience working with other chemists and interpreting and analysing data. We deliver a comprehensive range of practical sessions to produce competent, confident and rounded chemists.

How will I be assessed?

The OCR Advanced level Chemistry course (Specification A) is a linear course with all external assessment at the end of two years by means of written exams.

Where does the course lead?

As well as being an important subject in its own right, Chemistry is an essential requirement for medicine, dentistry and veterinary science. Chemistry a highly desirable subject and opens a wide range of disciplines. In the past, students have entered university to follow many different courses: pharmacy, chemical engineering, physiotherapy, analytical chemistry, pure chemistry, forensic science, biological and environmental sciences.

What are the entry requirements for this course?

You will need at least a grade B in your GCSE Science exam to start this course, although each application is taken on its merits.

Exam Board: OCR

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