Exam Board & Code : OCR H432
Course : 2 Years to full A level

What is Chemistry A level about?

Advanced Level Chemistry is divided into three sections; physical, organic and inorganic chemistry.  In Year 12 you will learn the basic concepts and in Year 13 you will be learning to link these different areas of chemistry together.  Practical skills form an integral part of the theoretical topics and are examined separately.

Is this course for me?

For the successful study of A level Chemistry you will need to have achieved and preferably exceeded the minimum academic standards set out in our sixth form entry requirements.

Chemistry is a demanding course and students without these desired grades would find the work very challenging.

What else do I need to know?

Students will be expected to gain the necessary skills via regular practical sessions, lectures and discussions.  To be successful students will need to carry out extensive background reading and research into topics covered in lessons.

What do other students say?

If you enjoy Chemistry, do the A Level.  It is a hard course, but it opens up many careers and University courses to you.
It is a hard but interesting course.

Where could it lead?

Chemistry is a requirement for those thinking of doing Medicine, Veterinary Science, Natural Sciences, Research and Development, Chemical Engineering and Pharmaceutical Science.  The skills learnt open the doors to a wide variety of careers in the world of business and finance. Not all Chemists wear white coats.

How is this course structured?

Unit overview

6 modules

Assessment overview

4 assessments covering 6 modules

1 - Development of practical skills in chemistry  
2 – Foundations in chemistry

Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (modules 1,2,3 and 5); 100 marks; 2 hours 15 minutes written paper; 37% of total A level

3 – Periodic table and energy

Synthesis and analytical techniques (modules 1,2,4 and 6); 100 marks; ;2 hours 15 minutes written paper; 37% of total A level

4 – Core organic chemistry

Unified chemistry (modules 1 to 6); 70 marks; 1hr 30 minutes written paper; 26% of total A level

5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements

Practical endorsement in chemistry; Non exam assessment – reported separately

6 - Organic chemistry and analysis