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Chemistry - A Level at City of Oxford College

Course description

Combine rigorous theory with practical applications to real life when you study A-level Chemistry. This course gives you an insight into the role of a professional chemist and the contribution chemistry makes to society. It can lead to a range of university courses including medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, pharmacy or pharmacology, physics and biological or chemical sciences.

You develop the skills necessary for further academic study, such as strong report writing, essay writing and study skills, including presentation skills. 

You also improve the wider skills vital for success in further study or employment, including self-confidence, speaking in front of others, working with others, taking responsibility and managing your time. You benefit from individual support, including clear advice about higher education and careers.

Course content

his is an excellent course if you are looking to study science at university including biochemistry, physics, biology and medicine. If you have a strong maths background and enjoy learning about how everyday substances around us are made, this course is for you. You also develop essential skills in numeracy, logical thinking and practical experimentation. You will need at least a grade B in GCSE Chemistry and a grade C in GCSE Maths to study this course.

You will be following the OCR specification

First Year (AS)
• Atoms, Bonds and Group 
• Chains, Energy and Resources 
• Practical Skills in Chemistry 1 

Second Year (A2)
• Rings, Polymers and Analysis
• Equilibria, Energetics and Elements 
• Practical Skills in Chemistry 2

You learn in a variety of ways, typically through discussion, group work, independent study, traditional essays, reading and research tasks. There is a balance between challenge and support. You play an active part in your learning and there is a strong focus on your individual learning needs. 

Classes take place over four days a week between 9am and 5pm. We expect our students to be fully committed to their studies and attend all timetabled sessions. In addition, you have the opportunity to attend trips and visits according to the needs of individual subjects. There are many enrichment opportunities, enabling you to extend your learning beyond the bounds of your chosen subjects.

Entry requirements

6 x C grades at GCSE. This must include grade C in GCSE English Language, grade BB in GCSE Double Science (or Chemistry B) and grade C in maths.


Formal assessment is through examinations and (in some subjects) coursework. The examination periods are in May/June. There is a range of regular assignments, essays and class based assessments to help you develop your study skills for the next educational step. Individual learning targets are set each term and you receive regular feedback on your progress in meeting these targets.

Financial information

There is a £25 course fee for materials. You will also need a scientific calculator, general stationery and the core textbook:

OCR AS Chemistry A Student Book and Exam Cafe CD-ROM (OCR A Level Chemistry A)

Future opportunities

With three A-levels the possibilities are endless. You can progress to higher education to study a variety of different subjects at degree level. A-levels also offer a high standard of education which many employers require as part of their entry criteria onto training programmes. With an A-level in chemistry you can progress to higher education to study a range of courses at university including medicine, veterinary science, chemistry, biology, biochemistry and biomedical science. You could also find employment in a laboratory.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Oxford College directly.

Last updated date: 19 June 2015
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  • Start date: Next September


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      • From Ring Road: use EITHER Banbury Road or Woodstock Road to city centre. At traffic lights, end of St. Giles (Map 1), turn right into Beaumont Street and follow signs to the rail station. At the second set of traffic lights, i.e. at the bottom of Park End Street, turn left into Oxpens Road (ice rink). The College is ¼ mile on the left.
      • From South (Newbury) A34: Turn off A34 to Southern bypass and make for Cowley. At next roundabout, turn left to city centre (park and ride on left). Follow Abingdon Road to end, form left towards ice rink and parks. The College is opposite the ice rink.
      • From A423 (Henley/Reading): Join ring road at (Sainsburys) and turn left to next roundabout and right to city centre and ice rink.
      • From East (London): M40/A40 At end of A40 turn left at roundabout signed Cowley. Continue on the ring road, (4 roundabouts) to Abingdon Road, city centre and ice rink.
      • From the train station: the campus is 10 minutes walk from the station.