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Chemistry AS/A Level (OCR) at Brooksbank School Sports College (The)

Course description

Chemistry is the Science of Materials. It is about gases, liquids and solids, how they interact and how they can be made. Think plastics, pesticides, drugs, fireworks, fuels and explosives. Chemistry is literally everywhere!           

A Level Chemistry aims to:

  • develop knowledge and understanding of the concepts of Chemistry and the skills needed to use them in new and changing situations.
  • raise awareness about how advances in information technology and instrumentation are used in Chemistry.
  • appreciate the contributions of Chemistry to society and the responsible use of scientific knowledge and evidence.
  • sustain and develop an interest in Chemistry.
  • bring together knowledge of ways in which different areas of Chemistry relate.
  • develop an understanding of the link between theory and experiment.

  Our students choose chemistry for two main reasons: firstly, they are interested in the subject itself and secondly, because it fits in well with other subjects choices such as Physics, Biology, Mathematics or Geography.

If you enjoyed studying Science at GCSE and are interested in how Chemistry affects the world we live in, then make Chemistry one of your A Level choices.

Course content


The first year of the course consists of three modules which provide an insight into Atomic Structure, Bonding, Electrons and Patterns in the Periodic Table. Organic Chemistry is also studied along with methods of chemical analysis. Focus is also placed on energy and resources in view of the current environmental situation. For the stand-alone AS qualification, all these areas are tested by two written exams. Practical skills are also developed throughout the course in a final module,using a range of new techniques and apparatus.



The second year builds on the foundations of the AS modules, investigating further into methods of chemical analysis and the production of modern polymers and medicines. An emphasis is placed on Physical Chemistry and the techniques and concepts vital to the chemical industry. In addition the Transition Elements are studied in depth. Throughout this year practical skills are integrated into all topics and lessons taught.

Entry requirements

In order to follow any level three course you must have at least five GCSE passes at A* - C or equivalent.

To study this course you will need to have:

  • grade C GCSE English Language
  • grade B GCSE Mathematics
  • grade B GCSE Chemistry OR BB in Dual Award Science (NOT Applied Science)
  • plus 2 other GCSE subjects


AS (as a stand-alone qualification)

Two exams covering 4 modules.



Three exams covering 6 modules.

In addition students also receive a practical endorsement for Chemistry which is reported separately, as a Pass, if the skills have been demonstrated during the course.

Financial information

Sixth Form Bursary

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is available at Brooksbank School to help support those young people who face the greatest barriers in continuing their education to Post-16. All applications are welcome and must meet certain eligibility criteria, details of which can be found on the main school website.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses that may overlap with Chemistry which could lead onto higher education in science related subjects or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Chemistry or one of the other sciences such as a Doctor, Nurse, Scientist or Pharmacist. There are other careers where it is strongly recommended or very useful such as Engineering, Agriculture and Environmental Studies. You could also go straight into a job as this is a recognised qualification that will help you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brooksbank School Sports College (The) directly.

Last updated date: 15 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years