A Level | Chemistry

A Level in Chemistry


Exam Board:  OCR


Will the course suit me?

Some of you will need to study Chemistry in order to fulfil entrance requirements for your chosen university courses. Otherwise, if you like practical work, have a curiosity about the world around you or just enjoy Chemistry, then this course is worth considering.


Benefits of the course

This course will not only develop your practical and manipulative skills, but also encourages imaginative and critical thinking. It combines well not only with Physics, Biology, Maths and Geography, but  with subjects such as History or English.

Students will be advised of relevant external events that will support their studies and visits may be arranged on appropriate occasions.


Outside the classroom

Visits to Reading University

Day study courses

Chemistry Olympiad


Future opportunities

Chemistry is an obvious choice for those of you wanting to study Medicine or Veterinary courses. Other possible careers, courses or areas of interest include Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Chemical Engineering, Material Engineering, Environmental Research, Pharmacy, Nutrition, Solid State electronics, Nanotechnology, Polymers, Drug design and Genetic research.

A Chemistry degree is good training for a variety of careers, not just in science and engineering. The skills learnt at university are highly transferable and Chemistry graduates often make  successful accountants, lawyers, politicians and business entrepreneurs.


Course Description

Module 1 – Development of Practical SkillsThis module underpins the whole of the specification, and covers the practical skills that students should develop throughout the course
Module 2 – Foundations in ChemistryAtoms, compounds, molecules and equations; amount of substance; acid–base and redox reactions; electrons, bonding and structure
Module 3 – Periodic table and EnergyThe Periodic Table and periodicity; group 2 and the halogens; qualitative analysis; enthalpy changes; reaction rates and equilibrium
Module 4 – Core Organic ChemistryBasic concepts; hydrocarbons; alcohols and haloalkanes; organic synthesis; analytical techniques (IR, MS)
Module 5 – Physical Chemistry and                                    transition elementsReaction rates and equilibrium; pH and buffers; enthalpy, entropy and free energy; redox and electrode potentials; transition elements
Module 6 – Organic Chemistry and                                     analysisAromatic compounds; carbonyl compounds; carboxylic acids and esters; nitrogen compounds; polymers; organic synthesis; chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR)


How is this qualification assessed?

Paper 1Assesses the content from Modules 1, 2, 3 and 52 hours 15mins37%
Paper 2Assesses the content from Modules 1, 2, 4 and 62 hours 15mins37%
Paper 3Assesses the content from Modules 1 to 61 hour 30min26%


If you have any queries about this course, please contact Acting Head of Department: David Hammond

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