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Hi I did old spec chemistry OCR and it didn't go very well. I was told that I don't have another chance to re sit them in June 2018.

I would like to do the new spec chemistry A level OCR. Are there any coursework involved and how many exam papers do I have to do. Is it a lot different than the old spec chemistry. Please provide me some details
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Hi I did old spec chemistry OCR and it didn't go very well. I was told that I don't have another chance to re sit them in June 2018.

I would like to do the new spec chemistry A level OCR. Are there any coursework involved and how many exam papers do I have to do. Is it a lot different than the old spec chemistry. Please provide me some details
Gingerbread101 do you know anyone that could help?
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Hi I did old spec chemistry OCR and it didn't go very well. I was told that I don't have another chance to re sit them in June 2018.

I would like to do the new spec chemistry A level OCR. Are there any coursework involved and how many exam papers do I have to do. Is it a lot different than the old spec chemistry. Please provide me some details
The new specifications are harder, you could have a look at the spec here: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications...432-from-2015/

All science A-levels now have something called Practical Endorsement. There is no coursework. You just have a set of required practicals to do and you get either a pass or fail at the end.
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Gingerbread101 do you know anyone that could help?
I don't have any Chemistry specialists unfortunately :eek: the new spec details should be on the exam board website though
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The new specifications are harder, you could have a look at the spec here: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications...432-from-2015/

All science A-levels now have something called Practical Endorsement. There is no coursework. You just have a set of required practicals to do and you get either a pass or fail at the end.
so is the practical endorsement compulsory
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Hi I did old spec chemistry OCR and it didn't go very well. I was told that I don't have another chance to re sit them in June 2018.

I would like to do the new spec chemistry A level OCR. Are there any coursework involved and how many exam papers do I have to do. Is it a lot different than the old spec chemistry. Please provide me some details
There is course work involved but doesn't count towards your overall grade. You get a certificate to say you can do practicals and most unis want that if you don't have it even if you get an A* will reject you. So you do cpacs. Its very similar I did ocr 2 years ago and did As chem Bio and maths edexcel this time. Just a few differences but apart from tbat knowledge hasnt changed much but you do have to do exams at end of 2 years for your grade. So good luck.
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so is the practical endorsement compulsory
I believe so, although I'm not sure if it is if you're a private candidate for example so you could speak to teachers/contact the exam board.

Ii wouldn't recommend taking the new spec though, why do you want to change?
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There is course work involved but doesn't count towards your overall grade. You get a certificate to say you can do practicals and most unis want that if you don't have it even if you get an A* will reject you. So you do cpacs. Its very similar I did ocr 2 years ago and did As chem Bio and maths edexcel this time. Just a few differences but apart from tbat knowledge hasnt changed much but you do have to do exams at end of 2 years for your grade. So good luck.
Hi do you have to study for two years, can I not do them next year in 2018 summer, since I can remember most of the stuff from last year, and what about text books, has they changed
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Hi do you have to study for two years, can I not do them next year in 2018 summer, since I can remember most of the stuff from last year, and what about text books, has they changed
You certainly can do both years at once but you will have to do them privately as i doubt any college will let you do both years at once and you will also need to organise where you want to do the coursework which you need for that certificate. I know a friend who did A level biology privately (hes in his 20s now) and he done both years at once but he just did one a level and the coursework will take some time as there are 9 or so courseworks. So if you do want to do them you could but its risky if you want to do 3 a levels both years in one. If you feel that you are losing a year its not the end od the world as I have lost 2 years myself but its for the best and this year i did my as and will do a2 next year. Spending 2 years on 3 alevels will make it a lot less stressful and easier but if you are doing one then you certainly do it in one year but will have to be private but do ask college around.
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You certainly can do both years at once but you will have to do them privately as i doubt any college will let you do both years at once and you will also need to organise where you want to do the coursework which you need for that certificate. I know a friend who did A level biology privately (hes in his 20s now) and he done both years at once but he just did one a level and the coursework will take some time as there are 9 or so courseworks. So if you do want to do them you could but its risky if you want to do 3 a levels both years in one. If you feel that you are losing a year its not the end od the world as I have lost 2 years myself but its for the best and this year i did my as and will do a2 next year. Spending 2 years on 3 alevels will make it a lot less stressful and easier but if you are doing one then you certainly do it in one year but will have to be private but do ask college around.
Thank you so much, and do you know what text books to use? Could you please send me picture of chemistry text book please.

You are very kind and much appreciate your help
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Thank you so much, and do you know what text books to use? Could you please send me picture of chemistry text book please.

You are very kind and much appreciate your help
I use the cgp book for my edexcel chemistry and i use the official or textbook thats for the course. I also use a student guide thats very concise and short and very good for revision and has questions at the back. So depending in the exam board you want to do I can give you the isbn of that book and you can get them for each topic. I am not promoting them lol but because they are so good I want to tell you. It's basically 2 books for AS and 2 for A2 and first AS book in my edexcel one has physical and inorganic section and second half is organic and physical. So if you give me the exam board you give me I will get you the isbn number. Plus the guys who make these also made a practical guide for all AS and A2 practicals each one costs £10 but is definitely worth it. Good luck and no problem just msg me anytime I will be starting A2s this year too.
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With this new linear chemistry A-level, you take 3 exams. I am not sure whether you do chemistry A or chemistry B salters as there is a difference between the two. You could always go on their website where contains a lot of useful information, for example the specification and the exam timetable. I sat the new chemistry A exams in June and got an A*. I think it was easier than the OCR old spec as the many questions were based on recall. If you have done your homework, you will ace it. Tips I can give is to start revision early and revise actively. Get as many resources as you can; by this I mean different kind of textbooks from OCR, it doesn't matter if it is for the old spec as you will definitely learn something from it too. For the practical endorsement, you don't have to stress about it. You will have to do about 10 practicals in your 2 year course but most of the time, you can be with your buddy so don't panick. You will either get a pass or fail ( your teacher will be the one will decides this). At the end of the year, maybe April in A2, your teacher will have a chat with you if you are not following up with the practical work to help you pass so don't worry about it. Also I have done past papers from all exam boards; as crazy as it may sound this is it got me the grade. ALSO, Student room is fab when you are stuck; people here are always open to help you!!
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With this new linear chemistry A-level, you take 3 exams. I am not sure whether you do chemistry A or chemistry B salters as there is a difference between the two. You could always go on their website where contains a lot of useful information, for example the specification and the exam timetable. I sat the new chemistry A exams in June and got an A*. I think it was easier than the OCR old spec as the many questions were based on recall. If you have done your homework, you will ace it. Tips I can give is to start revision early and revise actively. Get as many resources as you can; by this I mean different kind of textbooks from OCR, it doesn't matter if it is for the old spec as you will definitely learn something from it too. For the practical endorsement, you don't have to stress about it. You will have to do about 10 practicals in your 2 year course but most of the time, you can be with your buddy so don't panick. You will either get a pass or fail ( your teacher will be the one will decides this). At the end of the year, maybe April in A2, your teacher will have a chat with you if you are not following up with the practical work to help you pass so don't worry about it. Also I have done past papers from all exam boards; as crazy as it may sound this is it got me the grade. ALSO, Student room is fab when you are stuck; people here are always open to help you!!

Thank you so much, I appreciate the time you've taken to reply to this, it is very helpful,
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Hey just wanted to ask what are your top tips for getting an A* is alevel chemistry and what do you mean by actively learning
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With this new linear chemistry A-level, you take 3 exams. I am not sure whether you do chemistry A or chemistry B salters as there is a difference between the two. You could always go on their website where contains a lot of useful information, for example the specification and the exam timetable. I sat the new chemistry A exams in June and got an A*. I think it was easier than the OCR old spec as the many questions were based on recall. If you have done your homework, you will ace it. Tips I can give is to start revision early and revise actively. Get as many resources as you can; by this I mean different kind of textbooks from OCR, it doesn't matter if it is for the old spec as you will definitely learn something from it too. For the practical endorsement, you don't have to stress about it. You will have to do about 10 practicals in your 2 year course but most of the time, you can be with your buddy so don't panick. You will either get a pass or fail ( your teacher will be the one will decides this). At the end of the year, maybe April in A2, your teacher will have a chat with you if you are not following up with the practical work to help you pass so don't worry about it. Also I have done past papers from all exam boards; as crazy as it may sound this is it got me the grade. ALSO, Student room is fab when you are stuck; people here are always open to help you!!
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