Chemistry A-Level

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Overview

Students are encouraged to develop an enthusiasm for the subject and their learning. We aim to create an environment where students ask ‘Why?’ and develop their scientific enquiry.

Teachers are passionate about their subject and aim to instil an appreciation of Chemistry in the world today that will take students further than just the specification. 

We follow the OCR Chemistry A course, delivered in 5 hours of teaching per week. Students’ development of practical skills is spread over both years. Lessons allow students to apply their understanding to complex problems as well as providing students transferable skills such as problem solving and analysis.

Students are expected to participate fully in lessons and to seek help from their teachers as soon as difficulties arise. To do well on this course students are expected to spend at least 6-8 hours per week on the study of this subject outside of lesson time.

A-level Chemistry is possibly one of the most challenging subjects students are offered. At Herschel the subject is very popular and the entry requirement is a minimum of a 7 in Chemistry (Triple Science) or 7 7 for Combined Science. The subject is highly sought after by many universities and expected to be taken for people wishing to pursue a career in science and is a must for courses like medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and many other challenging degrees in this line.

Year 1  Year 2
Foundations in chemistry     Physical chemistry
Periodic table and energy    Organic chemistry
Core organic chemistry and analysis         Transition elements

 

 

Contact us:

Giorgio Soldi:               gso@herschel.slough.sch.uk

Taiwo Brown:              tbr@herschel.slough.sch.uk

Ali Abdar:                     aab@herschel.slough.sch.uk

The course is delivered in 5 hours of teaching per week.

Students are also strongly encouraged to participate fully in lessons and to seek help from their teachers as soon as difficulties arise. To do well, students are expected to spend at least 6-8 hours per week on the study of this subject outside of lesson time.

Recommended Websites:

Chemguide                   https://www.chemguide.co.uk/

Chemistry Explained     https://chemistry-explained.org/

Careers in Chemistry

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Enrichment Strategies

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Enrichment strategies for Chemistry Year 12 28th January 2015 Download >
Enrichment strategies for Chemistry Year 13 28th January 2015 Download >
 
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