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Chemistry A level OCR/B/Salters for Year 13

Chemistry A level OCR/B/Salters for Year 13

Dates Available

  • Week 1: Monday 28 March – Friday 1 April
  • Week 2: Monday 4 April – Friday 8 April
  • Week 3: Monday 11 April – Friday 15 April


OCR/B H433 Salters

Length of Course

35 hours


9am to 5pm daily

This course is board-specific for the OCR/B/Salters specification (H433) and is for Year 13 students only.

The course will cover the following:

  • Elements of life: atomic structure, atomic spectra and electron configurations; fusion reactions; mass
    spectrometry and isotopes; the periodic table and Group 2 chemistry; bonding and the shapes of
    molecules; chemical equations and amount of substance (moles); ions: formulae, charge density, tests;
    titrations and titration calculations.
  • Developing fuels: the chemical ideas in this module are: thermochemistry; organic chemistry: names
    and combustion of alkanes, alkenes, alcohols; heterogeneous catalysis; reactions of alkenes; addition
    polymers; electrophilic addition; gas volume calculations; shapes of organic molecules, σ- and π-bonds;
    structural and E/Z isomers; dealing with polluting gases.
  • Elements from the sea: halogen chemistry; redox chemistry and electrolysis; equilibrium; atom
  • The ozone story: composition by volume of gases; the electromagnetic spectrum and the interaction
    of radiation with matter; rates of reaction; radical reactions; intermolecular bonding; haloalkanes;
    nucleophilic substitution reactions; the sustainability of the ozone layer.
  • What’s in a medicine?: the chemistry of the –OH group, phenols and alcohols; carboxylic acids and
    esters; mass spectrometry and IR spectroscopy; organic synthesis, preparative techniques and thin
    layer chromatography; green chemistry.
  • The chemical industry: kinetics, using experimental data, calculations involving order of reaction, rate
    equations, rate constant and Arrhenius equation; equilibrium and equilibrium constant calculations;
    effects of factors on the rate and equilibrium yields of reactions; aspects of nitrogen chemistry;
    Sustainability – industrial processes, analysis of costs, benefits and risks of industrial processes
  • Polymers and life: amino acid chemistry, structure of proteins, the structure and function of DNA and
    RNA; Kinetics – enzyme chemistry; chemistry of carboxylic acids; homologous series and amides;
    hydrolysis of esters, amides; condensation polymerisation; isomerism; mass spectra, proton and
    carbon-13 spectra and combined techniques.
  • Oceans: enthalpy calculations of lattice enthalpy, hydration energy and solution, entropy calculations;
    acids and bases including calculations of pH and buffers; ‘greenhouse effect’
  • Developing metals: redox titrations; cells and electrode potentials; d-block chemistry; colorimetry
  • Colour by design: some chemistry of dyes; fats and oils, aromatic compounds; reactions of aromatic
    and carbonyl compounds; nucleophilic addition; the chemical origins of colour in organic compounds;
    gas–liquid chromatography

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