Chemistry is essentially a practical subject. We are interested in the way chemicals behave and react under different conditions, and the ways in which we can use these materials. Complementary to this practical approach is a logical scientific way of working.
We develop theories, ideas and laws to interpret and explain our observations.
Chemistry is a subject of great importance in its own right. The work of chemists is of great importance to society and its results surround us. It is also an essential subject for many medical and biological courses. The course at St John Fisher Catholic
High School is designed to produce independent, knowledgeable students who can think logically and scientifically. You will learn to understand, and apply complex ideas to new and unfamiliar situations.
Teaching is done through a medium of lectures/ practical work, discussions, and coursework investigations. The course demands consistent, hard work and is not a soft option. Background reading and additional note taking is an essential part of work which
students will be expected to do outside class.
The course studied is the modular scheme produced by OCR. In it we cover 6 modules over two years.
YEAR 12 AS EXAMINATION Module1 You will study atoms and reactions, electron bonding and structure and The Periodic Table. You take a 1 hour examination in January worth 30% of total AS mark, worth 15% of total A-level mark.Module 2 You study Hydrocarbons,
alcohols,halogenoalkanes and analysis, energy and resources. You will take a 1.75 hour written paper in June worth 50% of total AS mark, worth 25% of total A-level mark. Module 3 This is the practical skills in Chemistry. Over the AS year you will complete
three tasks set by OCR.The tasks are marked by your teacher and moderated by OCR. The module is worth 20% of the AS mark and 10% of the total A-Level mark. The three tasks will test qualitative skills, quantitative skills and evaluative skills.YEAR 13 A2 EXAMINATION
- Module 4 You will study rings, acids and amines, polymers and synthesis and analysis. You will take a I hour written paper in January worth 15% of the total A-Level mark. Module 5
You will study rates, equilibrium and PH, energy and transition elements. You will take a 1.75 hour written examination in June and it is worth 25% of the total A-Level mark.Module 6
This is the A2 practical skills in Chemistry. Again you will complete 3 tasks set by OCR, marked by your teacher and moderated by OCR, the module is worth 10% of the total A-Level mark. Again, there will be a qualitative task, a quantative task and an evaluative
The minimum requirement to start this course is grade B in GCSE Core and additional Science, or a grade B in Chemistry. A B grade in Maths GCSE is also desirable. To be successful in this subject you will need:
- to be interested in furthering your learning of how the world around you works;
- to have good study habits, be well organised and capable of working to deadlines
- to work hard in class and at home
- willing to answer questions