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Any A Level Chemistry teachers or are your DC doing A Level Chem?

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Horsemad Wed 27-Nov-13 17:33:01

DS is in L6 & they've done something called CIPs which DS says stands for Chemistry in Practice/Practise.

From what I can gather (from a fellow parent) it's a test that their received grades all contribute towards their A Level.
Is this true? DS not very forthcoming (received a D which DH not impressed about) so I'm a bit in the dark about these.
We have parents evening tomorrow so will be asking there too!

Horsemad Wed 27-Nov-13 21:10:19


QueenQueenie Wed 27-Nov-13 21:16:28

DS1 in lower 6th and studying chemistry (AS this year) but haven't heard of this. He does practicals which count towards his grade but seems to have the option of repeating them if they don't go as well as he hoped.. I think you need to get the low down at parents' evening. Did you not get info about all this when he was deciding on 6th form options?

Horsemad Wed 27-Nov-13 21:24:55

Can't remember that far back QueenQueenie! They made their A level choices before they even sat GCSE, so it was a while ago.

Have just checked with DS & they are practicals & they can do re-sits, so all is not lost with the D grade.

Will definitely be checking at school tomorrow, trying to get info out of DS is like getting blood from a stone. angry

mindgone Thu 28-Nov-13 00:05:03

Also have a Y12 chemistry student, and haven't heard of these. Would be interested to find out though! Maybe it's a board related thing? And btw, I sometimes think it would be much easier to get blood out of a stone, than info from my DS!

crazymum53 Thu 28-Nov-13 10:51:40

Is he doing the OCR Salters Specification for A level Chemistry? Am not sure why, but they call the practical investigations Chemistry in Practice. HTH

Horsemad Thu 28-Nov-13 15:47:35

Not sure crazymum53 but will check with teacher later. Thanks. smile

mindgone, thanks for your reply also.

kritur Thu 28-Nov-13 19:10:26

Sounds like Salters Chemistry, awful course imo. The practical aspects are great but the theory tagged onto the context causes lots of problems in terms of progression of understanding. Have a look on the OCR website and the practical work should be outlined in the specification.

Horsemad Thu 28-Nov-13 21:45:32

Update; yes it is OCR Salters. Feel a bit bettter after speaking to teacher, but DS needs to learn to motivate himself.

It is so frustrating to watch a thoroughly capable student just letting it all slip by.

I want to scream sad

thecatlikesmebest Fri 29-Nov-13 11:27:48

I have a 17 year old doing A level chemistry. It is a practical piece of coursework and can be repeated to improve the grade, a bit like the ISA at GCSE.
I can't remember how much it contributes to the A level but I think not much. Practicals are DS worst topic and he still got all As at AS in spite of not getting full marks in the CIPs.

Horsemad Fri 29-Nov-13 15:44:17

The teacher said the CIPs are worth 30% of their AS level; hopefully DS will start to get his act together & the grades will improve.

ventilatormum Fri 29-Nov-13 20:19:44

my dd is doing this salters chemistry a level and it seemed to make sense to me when it was described as a spiral learning programme - they go round and round topics adding to understanding and knowledge as they go through the two years. kritur do you teach it? I hope it is not as bad as you suggest!! dd seems ok with it (second year sixth) and the individual investigation thing seems quite inspiring!

Uninformed Sat 30-Nov-13 22:06:38

Are the practical tests for Salters Chemistry internally assessed?

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