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Specification: OCR Specification A


Qualification type: A Level


Entry criteria (GCSE grades)

Science 6 (Higher Tier only). Students also need a 5 in Maths on the higher paper.   Students may also be asked to attend a bridging course in July 2018.


Subject description

Chemistry is at the forefront of scientific adventure. Without it there would be no plastics, metals, rubber, electricity, synthetic fibres, fertilisers or medicine. Chemistry is not just a matter of “what reacts with what” but “how?”, “why?” and “can it benefit society?”  You may like to consider combining Chemistry with a complementary subject such as Biology, Physics or Maths.


Course breakdown

Module 1: Development of practical skills.  Includes the skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation.

Module 2: Foundation of Chemistry.  Includes moles calculations, atomic structure, bonding and redox reactions.

Module 3: Periodic Table and Energy.  Includes enthalpy calculations, kinetics equilibria and green chemistry.

Module 4: Core Organic Chemistry.  Includes introduction to carbon compounds such as alkanes, alkenes, alcohols and halogenoalkenes.

Module 5: Physical Chemistry and Transition elements.  Includes quantitative kinetics and equilibria, electrochemistry and transition elements.

Module 6: Organic Chemistry and Analysis.  Includes carboxylic acids, aromatics nitrogen compounds and instrumental analysis.


How the course is assessed

AS is assessed with two written papers covering any content from modules 1-4, including relevant practical skills. The two papers are each 1 hour 30 minutes long.  Each paper has a 50% weighting.

A Level is assessed with three written papers:

  • Paper 1 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5. It is two hours and 15 minutes long and counts for 37%.
  • Paper 2 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6 plus any material appropriately flagged within the specification from modules 3 and 5. It is two hours and 15 minutes long and 37%.
  • Paper 3 assess content from modules 1 to 6. It is one hour and 30 minutes long and worth 26%.
  • Practical endorsement for Chemistry. This does not count towards the final grade but will show on the exam certificate as practical skills pass or fail.


Post-18 opportunities

An A Level in Chemistry can help you on your way to a wide range of careers, including engineering, forensics, physiotherapy, medicine, law, accounting… or even art restoration.


Teacher responsible:  Mrs C Moran