CHEMISTRY

LEVEL: 3 A LEVEL
EXAMINING BOARD: OCR
TYPE OF STUDY: FULL-TIME, SIXTH FORM STUDY PROGRAMME
PASS RATE: 99% IN 2018

A Level Chemistry is a challenging and practical subject. Studying this fascinating subject will give you an in-depth understanding of key chemical concepts and provide you with problem-solving skills and knowledge that are highly sought after by universities and employers. The course will emphasise the importance of chemistry in 21st century life and satisfy those with an interest in the subject.

This course is aimed at students with a strong academic background in Mathematics and Science. You should have an interest and enthusiasm for the subject and enjoy practical work.

Chemistry offers many progression routes including Veterinary, Medicine, Pharmacy, Chemical Engineering and Pharmaceutical Research. It complements other science subjects such as Biology, Physics and Mathematics alongside other earth sciences or subjects requiring strong mathematical skills like Computer Science.

This is a linear A Level assessed by 3 exams at the end of year 2.  Students will also achieve a Practical Endorsement. You will study the subject in 2 well-equipped laboratories that have modern IT facilities. Chemistry is taught by a team of 4 highly qualified subject specialists who deliver the subject content with enthusiasm.

Enrichment opportunities include visits by guest lecturers, trips to the University of Bristol and the chance to participate in the Chemistry Olympiad. Students may also take part in Lab Moles in the summer term to extend their practical skills.

“The experiments you do are great to carry out and it is good to understand how they work and the roles of different chemicals.”

Chemistry A Level Student

 

Over the two year programme you will study the following modules:

Year 1 modules:

  • Foundations in Chemistry
  • Periodic Table and Energy
  • Core Organic Chemistry

Year 2 modules:

  • Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements
  • Organic Chemistry and Analysis

Level 3 standard entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including Mathematics and English Language.

However to study A Level Chemistry it is recommended that students have at least a B/6 in Chemistry/Science and Mathematics. Students with a C/5 or below in Mathematics will be recommended to take Core Maths as an Enrichment.