Type of Qualification: A Level  

Exam BoardOCR (A) 

Additional Entry Requirements: Grade 6-6 in GCSE Combined Science OR Grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry; Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics and ideally should be studying A-level Mathematics.

Why study Chemistry? 

Chemistry is a pre-requisite for many of the degree courses including medicine as it demonstrates analytical and research skills.  Employers appreciate the hard work involved in studying chemistry and recognise that these pupils will have developed skills including interpreting written or numerical data, communicating ideas and problem solving. 

Course Content 

AS Units (co-taught with A level) 

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

A level Units (taught in 2nd year of A level)  

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

A Level (Examination at end of second year) 

  • Paper 1: Written exam on modules 1, 2, 3 and 5 (2 hour 15 mins) (37%) 
  • Paper 2: Written exam on modules 1, 2, 4 and 6 (2 hour 15 mins) (37%) 
  • Paper 3: Written exam on modules 1 – 6 (1 hour 30 mins) (26%) 
  • Practical endorsement of Chemistry: This is assessed by the teacher as a pass or fail and does not count towards the A level. 

Careers in Chemistry 

Forensic Chemistry, Medicine, Biochemistry, Banking, Teaching, Pharmacy, Environmental Science, Government/Private research organisations, Medicinal and Industrial Chemistry.