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1 Make a difference Welcome A Level Chemistry

2 Introduction to OCR Introduction to Chemistry Why change to our specification? Support and training Next steps Contents

3 About OCR Part of Europe’s largest assessment agency, Cambridge Assessment UK’s leading awarding body Over 13,000 centres choose our qualifications Qualifications are developed in consultation with teachers

4 Our Mission Our commitment is to provide qualifications which engage learners of all ages whether at school, college, in work and part time training programmes so they achieve their full potential make a difference PracticalAccessibleInnovative and exciting

5 Our Credentials Leading the way with new ideas Dedicated to offering respected qualifications Engaging and relevant qualifications Comprehensive support framework

6 A Level Chemistry A

7 Chemistry A Credentials Worked with the Royal Society of Chemistry and industry experts GlaxoSmithKline Popularity specification continues to grow Retained popular content of former specification

8 Key Points of the Specification Modern content An element of challenge Logical sequence of topics Simpler internal practical assessment

9 Chemistry A | AS Structure F323 Practical Skills in Chemistry 1 AS internal assessment Teaching units and Assessment method and weighting F321 Atoms, Bonds and Groups Atoms and Reactions Electrons, Bonding and Structure The Periodic Table F322 Atoms, Bonds and Groups Basic concepts and Hydrocarbons Alcohols, Halogenoalkanes and Analysis Energy Resources

10 Chemistry A | A2 Structure F326 Practical Skills in Chemistry 2 A2 internal assessment Teaching units and Assessment method and weighting F324 Rings, Polymers and Analysis Rings, Acids and Amines Polymers and Synthesis Analysis F325 Equlibria, Energetics and Elements Rates, Equilibrium and pH Energy Transition Elements

11 Stretch and Challenge Stretch and Challenge is a new QCA initiative for A Levels: Included in A2 assessment Reflected in the style of question asked which invite a greater variety of thinking Questions are structured to show more connections between different sections of the specification Extended writing is encouraged in all subjects (except Maths0 A wider range of question types – like case studies and open ended questions More synoptic assessments – exploring connections between different areas and levels of a subject

12 A Level Chemistry B

13 Chemistry B Credentials Teachers, GlaxoSmithKline and The Royal Society of Chemistry consulted Strong similarities with GCSE Twenty First Century Science Suite Additional support from the University of York Science Education Group

14 Key Points of the Specification Broadens the appeal of chemistry by showing how it relates to people’s lives Introduce applications first and develop theory when appropriate Theory is linked to relevant context Contemporary issues Topics revised in later units Learning through a range of specially designed innovative activities linked to the course

15 Chemistry B | AS Structure F333 Chemistry in Practice AS internal assessment Teaching units and Assessment method and weighting F331 Chemistry for Life Elements of Life Developing Fuels F332 Chemistry of Natural Resources Elements from the Sea The Atmosphere Polymer Revolution

16 Chemistry B | A2 Structure F336 Chemistry Individual Investigation A2 internal assessment Teaching units and Assessment method and weighting F334 Chemistry of Materials What’s in a Medicine? The Materials Revolution The Thread of Life The Steel Story F335 Chemistry by Design Agriculture and Industry pH Colour by Design The Oceans Medicines by Design

17 What’s in it for you? Easy to administer Rewarding to deliver Chemistry A – Flexibility in teaching topics to match your interests Chemistry B – Step by step approach Clear guidance of Assessable Learning Outcomes in the specification

18 What’s in it for your Learners? Enjoyable and motivational Improving performance through skill based subject Stretch and challenge opportunities Clear, explicit and accessible question papers Build on GCSE knowledge

19 What’s in it for your school? More student enrolments Good progression routes into HE/FE and from GCSE Flexibility in curriculum planning and delivery

20 Support Overarching scheme of work and sample lesson plans E-community Exemplar candidate work Coursework guidance documents Past papers on line for you to download Exam quest INSET

21 Publishers We are working with publisher partner Heinemann to provide further resources to support these specifications. The student books and teacher resources are specifically tailored to the new specification.

22 Next Steps Book training/events - Bookmark website for further information/future updates –

23 Other qualifications A Level Biology A Level Human Biology A Level Chemistry A A Level Chemistry B (Salters) A Level Geology AS Science A Level Applied Science


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