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Qualification - A Level

Exam Board - OCR


Why is copper sulphate blue? Why does ice float on water? If you want to be able to explain things like this, and to learn more about the fascinating and varied world of the elements, then Chemistry is the course for you. Chemistry is an essential qualification for a large number of careers as well as being an excellent subject to study alongside any other A Level. A large number of our students move on into areas such as Applied Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Environmental Science. If you want any science-based career, then Chemistry keeps your options open.



Chemistry is the science of materials. It is about gases, liquids and solids; how they interact and how they may be made. Think about plastics, pesticides and drugs; fireworks, fuels and explosives. Chemistry is, literally, everywhere. In AS Chemistry you will cover topics such as atomic structure, bonding and the Periodic Table. You will also learn about rates of reaction, organic chemistry, energetics and environmental issues. In the second year the topics are covered in greater depth with further emphasis on analytical techniques and the application of chemical understanding in the world around us. The topics studied are widely inter-linked and the developing patterns are a distinguishing feature of this subject. Practical work is used throughout the course both to illustrate concepts and to enable the development of technical and investigative skills.



Students study content split across six teaching modules:

Module 1 - Development of practical skills in chemistry

Module 2 - Foundations in chemistry

Module 3 - Periodic table and energy

Module 4 - Core organic chemistry

Module 5 - Physical chemistry and transition elements

Module 6 - Organic chemistry and analysis



A minumum of five grades at 4 – 9 at GCSE, Including English and Maths.In addition a minumum grade of a 6 in GCSE Science.