A Level OCR
Introduction to the Course
The OCR A Chemistry specification. The course is organised into 6 modules: module 1 concerns the development of practical skills and runs throughout the course; modules 2 to 4 cover core concepts and lay the foundations for modules 5 and 6 which focus on Physical Chemistry and the transition elements, and Organic Chemistry and analysis respectively.
Standard entry requirements and at least two grade
6’s in Combined Science or in GCSE Biology and GCSE
To study Biology AND Chemistry A level students must
have achieved at least grade 7s for GCSE Science.
The course aims to develop student’s interest and enthusiasm for Chemistry, including developing an interest in further study and careers in Chemistry, helping students appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society. Students will develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works and develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of Chemistry and how they relate to each other, including practical skills.
The A Level is divided into 3 examinations (2 x 2hrs 15mins and one x 1hr 30mins) and the Practical Endorsement for Chemistry, which is reported on separately.
- Paper 1 is 37% is based on the Periodic Table; Elements and Physical Chemistry. It is made up of A) multiple choice and B) structured questions.
- Paper 2 is 37% and based on Synthesis and Analytical techniques. It is made up of A) multiple choice and B) structured questions covering theory and practical skills.
- Paper 3 is the synoptic element called Unified Chemistry and is worth 26%. It is structured and extended response questions covering theory and practical skills from the course.
- The non-exam part of the course is the practical endorsement which is pass or fail. Student will complete a range of core practical work that will contribute to this holistic.
Future Career Progression
Other popular and useful companion subjects that can be studied along with Chemistry are Biology, Physics and Mathematics. Chemistry opens the way to studies and careers in Chemistry, Medicine, Dentistry, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, Food Science, Physiotherapy, Materials Science etc. Chemistry is a very good companion subject for students studying other Science based (including Geography) or Engineering