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Exam board: OCR Chemistry A

Why choose to study Chemistry?

Many of the ideas first covered at GCSE will be revisited but with a greater emphasis on explaining rather than simply describing the behaviour of molecules. While studying A-level Chemistry, you will develop practical skills that include making observations, collecting data, analysing experimental results and formulating conclusions. You will also gain an appreciation of how scientific models are developed and continue to evolve, the applications and implications of science, the benefits and risks that science brings and the ways in which society uses science to make decisions.

Linear Course outline:

Topic 1: Development of practical skills in chemistry

Topic 2: Foundations in chemistry

Topic 3: Periodic table and energy

Topic 4: Core organic chemistry

Topic 5: Physical chemistry

Topic 6: Organic chemistry and analysis

Year 1 AS Level



Type of assessment



 Topics 1-4

Written exam


Year 2 A Level



Type of assessment


Paper 1

Periodic table, elements and physical Chemistry

Written exam


Paper 2

Synthesis and analytical techniques

Written exam


Paper 3

Unified Chemistry

Written exam



Essential student qualifications/abilities:

Minimum BB in GCSE Science (Core and Additional) and B in GCSE Maths

Desirable student qualifications/abilities:

A in GCSE Sciences, B in English

Higher education opportunities:

Over 500 additional courses contain a notable element of chemistry as well as allowing a degree of breadth of study. These include: • Chemistry and sports science • Chemistry and politics • Chemistry with computer science. 

Career opportunities:  

Chemical engineering, Environmental Science, Medicine and Pharmacy. Many employers view success at A-level Chemistry as a clear indication of sound academic ability and many graduates have gone on to have careers outside of Science altogether, including: • Banking • Accountancy • Consultancy • Law  

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