Course Information


Qualifications to start the course

Students must have five GCSEs including English, Mathematics and Science graded A* - C. In addition, students must have both GCSE Science (double or triple) at grade B or above and GCSE English Language, English Literature and Maths at grade B (grade 6) or above.

Description of the subject

The OCR Chemistry A course covers the core chemistry required for the A Level student. It follows a content-led approach where the specification is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of chemistry.

    • No re-sits are possible
    • Practical work will be assessed throughout the year
    • Study guides and text books will be provided.

What you will do

The course consists of 6 modules to be taken over 2 years:

    • Module 1: Development of Practical Skills      in Chemistry
    • Module 2: Foundations in Chemistry
    • Module 3: Periodic Table and Energy
    • Module 4: Core Organic Chemistry
    • Module 5: Physical Chemistry and      Transition Elements
    • Module 6: Organic Chemistry and Analysis

There will be 3 exam papers and a Practical Endorsement:

    • Paper 1: Periodic Table, Elements and Physical Chemistry (Modules 1, 2, 3 and 5)
    • Paper 2: Synthesis and Analytical Techniques (Modules 1, 2, 4 and 6)
    • Paper 3: Unified Chemistry (Modules 1 – 6)
    • Practical Assessments: Write-up of numerous experiments over the course of 2 years

Future prospects

By studying two or more Science A Levels you will be open to hundreds of different Science degree courses at any one of the main UK universities, often with A Level entry requirements considerably lower than many other degree courses. Chemistry is the central science, combining as it does with Biology, Physics and Mathematics. A Science degree not only prepares you for a great diversity of careers within the field of science but also within the world of business and management.