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Specific Course Entry Requirements

Combined Science minimum of 6-6 grade 5 in English and grade 6 in Maths


Chemistry contains many links to the other sciences and we strongly advise studying another Science in conjunction with Chemistry to aid understanding. Chemistry A-Level contains a significant quantitative part and so we recommend also studying Maths A-Level in conjunction with Chemistry. Additional study will be required if you study Chemistry in isolation

Examination Levels Offered AS and A-Level
Examination Board OCR (OCR A Specification)

Chemistry A-Level is linear. Assessment of a student’s knowledge and understanding of the whole course takes place at the end of two years. Students will not be expected to complete an AS examination at the end of the first year, but will complete internal school exams.

Chemistry is a fascinating subject, combining theory and practical work to explain how the world around us works.
Chemistry is a pivotal Science, vital for Medicine and Veterinary Science and a very good fit with both Biology and Physics, as well as many other subjects.

Prospects for students with a Chemistry A-Level are bright. Seen as a challenging subject by both Universities and
employers, a Chemistry qualification shows you are able to understand and analyse complex ideas and apply them to
unfamiliar situations. Of course, Chemistry is fun too! If it can be set alight, be caused to explode or give off foul gases, then it must be Chemistry!

Associated Course Costs
Text books for studying at home will need to be purchased. 

Year 12
First Year Course Topics - you must pass this year with at least a grade D to continue the course 

  • Module 1 - Development of Practical Skills    
  • Module 2 - Foundations of Chemistry
  • Module 3 - Periodic Table and Energy    
  • Module 4 - Core Organic Chemistry

Year 13 - Year Course Topics 

  • Module 5 - Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements
  • Module 6 - Organic Chemistry and Analysis

Your final grade will be based on your performance in the final 3 papers at the end of Year 13 

  • Paper 1 (Periodic table, elements and physical Chemistry) assesses the content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5
  • Paper 2 (Synthesis and analytical techniques) assesses the content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6
  • Paper 3 (Unified Chemistry) assesses the content from papers 1 to 6

Papers 1 and 2 will last 2 hrs 15 mins and contribute 37% to the qualification, each containing a 15% multiple choice section.

Paper 3 lasts 1hr 30mins and contributes 26% to the qualification.

Practical skills are assessed on a pass / fail basis, but this does not contribute to the grade and is reported separately.


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