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Chemistry

Course outline

A Level chemistry will give you an exciting insight into the contemporary world of chemistry. Chemistry is everywhere. Chemists conduct experiments to study how elements work in different conditions, test how they mix and work out what they are made up of right down to the tiniest particle. Results can be explosive, literally. A passion for chemistry can ultimately lead to the development of medicines, foods or fabrics.

Course content

The course is split into six teaching modules:

  • Development of practical skills in chemistry
  • Foundations in chemistry
  • Periodic table and energy
  • Core organic chemistry and analysis
  • Physical chemistry and transition elements
  • Organic chemistry and analysis

Emphasis throughout the course is on increasing knowledge, developing competence and confidence in practical skills, and enhancing problem-solving skills.

If students are entered for AS Chemistry they will sit two papers, each of which provides 50% towards the qualification. A Level (A2) Chemistry is examined through three written papers. Papers 1 and 2 each contribute 37% and Paper 3 provides 26% of the overall qualification.

Chemistry will help in your study of other sciences and technical subjects including maths, physics, biology, engineering, IT, psychology, geography and geology.

Entry requirements

GCSE combined science or chemistry, grade 6

Career / higher education opportunities

You could follow a degree course in chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, dentistry, engineering, pharmacy or a Higher National Certificate or Diploma in related subjects. There is a vast number of different careers that link to chemistry including medicine, environmental science, engineering, toxicology, metallurgy, space exploration, perfumes and cosmetics and pharmaceutical development.

Course specification

OCR Chemistry A