A Level Chemistry distance learning course

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A Level Chemistry distance learning course

Introducing our new Chemistry A level course

Chemistry is the branch of science concerned with the substances of which matter is composed, the investigation of their properties and reactions, and the use of such reactions to form new substances. It is called the “central science” because it connects other sciences to each other, such as biology, physics, geology, and environmental science.

The Oxford Open Learning course will explore many aspects of chemistry and give you a sound theoretical understanding of the practical aspects of chemical investigations

The first half of our chemistry course is split into 10 modules, has 11 tutor-marked assignments and contains links to numerous videos created specifically to demonstrate the answers to the activities within the course.

  • Module 1: Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table
  • Module 2: Bonding and Structure; Periodicity
  • Module 3: Redox (1)
  • Module 4: Inorganic Chemistry and the Periodic Table
  • Module 5: Formulae, Equations and Amounts of Substance
  • Module 6: Organic Chemistry (1)
  • Module 7: Modern Analytical Techniques (1)
  • Module 8: Energetics (1)
  • Module 9: Kinetics (1)
  • Module 10: Equilibrium (1)

Full details of the second half of the course will be shown here nearer to the release date of Easter 2020.


The course is designed to prepare students for the Chemistry specification/syllabus set by the Pearson/Edexcel examination board.

  • The Edexcel subject code for entry to the AS only award is 8CH0.
  • The Edexcel subject code for entry to the A-level Advanced Level award is 9CH0.

The full Chemistry A level syllabus can be viewed here


A-Level Paper 1 – Advanced Inorganic And Physical Chemistry

90 marks 30% weighting 1 hour 45 minutes

A-Level Paper 2 – Advanced Organic And Physical Chemistry

90 marks 30% weighting 1 hour 45 minutes

A Level Paper 3 – General And Practical Principles In Chemistry

120 marks 40% weighting 2 hours 30 minutes

A-Level Practical Endorsement – Optional Assessment

  • Students may decline to complete the 12 practical activities, although exam-entering centres must always offer the option to complete them.
  • The award on the endorsement does not affect the A-level grade but students should be aware that written paper questions will test theoretical practical knowledge.
  • For some degree courses, it will be essential to complete the
    endorsement, but for others, it will not matter. You must check.

Chemistry

The specification assumes that you have obtained a grade C or above at (I)GCSE Chemistry or Double Award Science.

Mathematics

10% of the marks are awarded for using mathematics in a biological context.  The level corresponds to the higher tier Mathematics GCSE.

General

It is assumed that students will have 4 GCSEs at grade C, or Grade 4, and above.


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Chemistry A level FAQS

Chemistry A level is required for a wide range of jobs and careers a small sample list is shown below.

  • Analytical chemist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Chemical engineer
  • Healthcare scientist, clinical biochemistry
  • Forensic scientist
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Research scientist (physical sciences)
  • Scientific laboratory technician
  • Toxicologist

Some of these will also benefit from the study of Biology or Maths A levels as well.

Many students who study chemistry wish to go into medicine.  For this, you will definitely need maths and biology although entry requirements do vary between institutions so make sure you speak to the admissions department at the university you wish to attend.

When you start your course you will agree on your intended examination date with your student adviser. You will continue to receive support right up to this examination date. If you need to defer your examination date this is usually possible for a small administration fee, currently £15.

The Chemistry A level costs £395. This can either be paid in one payment or you can take advantage of our easy payment scheme. You will be responsible for paying the examination entry fees to your chosen centre.

In some ways a Chemistry A level online course achieves the same aim as a distance learning course, in that you can study anywhere you want at any time, enabling you to fit your study around your work and lifestyle. However, we believe that you will find it easier to study from a printed course pack that you can annotate and add your notes to. With our Chemistry A level course, you can contact your tutor and send in your assignments by email; the course materials are full of tips on how to use the internet to enhance your study. As well as this, most of the activities in the course have answers both on paper and in the form of short explainer videos.

However, it is worth remembering that when you sit your exams you will have to write them using good old-fashioned pen and paper. Not many of us practise this any more and you would be wise to practise before entering the exam room. After all, your pen isn’t going to auto-correct your spelling and grammar.

Your tutor is your greatest resource. All our tutors are PGCE-qualified or equivalent and are experienced in their fields. If you are having any difficulty understanding the course then the very best thing you can do is pick up the phone and speak to your tutor. They will be very happy to help.

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