Gryphon School: Sherborne

Specification: OCR

Why study Chemistry?

Chemistry is the study of materials and their behaviour. These materials are from an enormous range – metals, medicines, plastics, dyes, ceramics, fertilizers and fuel to name just a few. Chemists are involved in how and why materials behave the way they do and how we can create or modify materials to better suit our needs. This course introduces you to the fundamentals of Chemistry and is a necessary choice for those interested in careers in Medical, Veterinary and Chemical Sciences, but combines well with many other A Levels.

What will I study?

In the first year, you will study Atomic Structure, Quantitative Chemistry (moles) and the Basics of Organic Chemistry as well as building upon knowledge of the Periodic Table, Rates of Reaction and Energetics.

In the second year, further Organic Chemistry is covered including aspects of biochemistry and chemical analysis. The concepts of Rate, pH and Equilibrium are developed further as well as Transition Elements and Electrochemistry. Practical work is covered across both years and forms a separately reported endorsement in the A Level course.

How will I be assessed?

You will sit 3 exams in the summer of Year 13 covering all aspects of the two years.

Paper 1 (2 hrs 15 mins) : Periodic Table, Elements and Physical Chemistry

Paper2 ( 2 hrs 15 mins ): Synthesis and Analytical techniques

Paper 3 ( 1hr 30 mins) : Unified Chemistry and Practical techniques

There will also be a Practical Endorsement of Pass/Fail reported separately.

Entry requirements

A keen interest in Chemistry is essential as well as the grades listed below.

Combined Science GCSE at 6 or above, or Chemistry GCSE at 6 or above.

And Maths GCSE at 6 or above.

Course expenses

The students will be required to purchase a textbook to support their learning at a cost of approximately £40.


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The Gryphon School - Facebook 18 Jan

It’s less than a week until our Careers and Degree Apprenticeship Fair! Gryphon students will have the opportunity to meet the employers during the day, but there is also an evening session (4.30-7.00pm) when you are welcome to come back with your parents, and it is also open to the public, so any young people in the area who want to find out more about career options are welcome!

Download the Event Programme now for a full list of which employers are coming, and it also includes some handy tips for how to get the most out of your discussions with companies:

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*Careers & Degree Apprenticeships Fair – Wednesdsay*
As well as some of the region’s top employers, we also have a number of other organisations attending on Wednesday. The Samee Project is a unique and inspirational social enterprise that aims to promote self-employment and freelance working as viable career options to young people in school education.

Chris Wilkinson will be on the stand to talk to students and parents – he was awarded an MBE for his services to the Police. He is also an Animal behaviourist and dog trainer and a Patron of the SAMEE Charity.

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Don’t forget today is our Careers & Degree Apprenticeship Fair, from 4.30-7.00pm. It is open to all students/young people/parents from Dorset and Somerset, so come along and meet over 45 employers and universities to discuss career options!

Sixth Form Open Evening

for September 2018 entry

Weds 8th November 2017, 5.30-7.30pm

Headteacher's address at 5.30 / 6.15 / 7.00pm