Examining Board: OCR


Course Overview:

Chemistry A Level is a demanding and interesting course with numerous references to contemporary issues. It has been developed for students who wish to continue their study of Chemistry after GCSE, building on the knowledge gained from that, while adding considerable depth and breadth.

Textbooks, Revision Guides and CD-ROMS specifically designed to complement the OCR course will be available.

Course Structure:

Year 12 students take three mandatory units for the Advanced Subsidiary (AS) qualification, one of these assessing practical skills. For Year 13 students seeking an Advanced GCE award (A2), a further three mandatory units are studied. Again, one of these will assess practical skills.

A summary of the units is shown below:




Atoms & Reactions

Electrons, Bonding & Structure

The Periodic Table

Rings, Acids & Amines

Polymers & Synthesis


Basic Concepts and Hydrocarbons

Alcohols, Halogenoalkanes &Analysis



Rates, Equilibrium & pH


Transition Elements

Practical skills

Practical skills


Curriculum links:

The Chemistry specification has useful overlaps with other subjects, especially Biology, Physics and Geography.

Career opportunities:

The course prepares students for higher education, to follow degree courses in Chemistry, one of the other sciences or environmentally-orientated subjects. Chemistry is also a wise choice for those considering careers in veterinary science, medicine and other healthcare fields. Chemistry is a well respected subject, developing skills such as accurate interpretation of data, attention to detail and analysis of information, so it is suitable for entry into a wide variety of professions.

Example of pupils Sixth Form curriculum - Presentations to show pupils research into the development of Atomic Theory. 



Dr D J Allway BSc (Hons) MSc PhD PGCE


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