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CHEMISTRY - AS/A2 Level (OCR) at The Crypt School

Course description

Both AS and A2 Chemistry are one year courses and are offered as part of a full time study programme

Course content

AS Level:

Candidates take three compulsory units of assessment for the Advanced Subsidiary qualification, which comprise two formal written exams and a unit composed of formal practical assessments. Experimental skills are assessed during the practical assessments throughout the course and candidate results are submitted to OCR for moderation at the end of the year.

The Units studied are: • F321: Atoms Bonds and Groups • F322: Chains, Energy and Resources • F323: Practical Skills in Chemistry 1 The specification also provides opportunities for the development of the Key Skills which consider spiritual, moral, ethical, social, legislative and economic issues. The course promotes an awareness of the issues of sustainable development, health and safety considerations and the avoidance of bias.

A2 Level: (H434) The A2 course follows the same structure as the AS course with three units in total being assessed; two formal written units and one practical skill assessment unit. Advanced Subsidiary and A2 combined constitute the full Advanced GCE qualification. The Units studied are: • F324: Rings, Polymers and Analysis • F325: Equilibria, Energetics and Elements • F326: Practical Skills in Chemistry 2

Entry requirements

As well as the standard 6th form entry requirements,• A/A* in Double Award Science or at least a B grade (A/A* preferred) in Chemistry GCSE • At least a B grade in Mathematics • It is recommended that Mathematics is studied to at least AS level, particularly if A2 Chemistry is to be studied


Formal written exams and continuous practical assessment.

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Future opportunities

The Chemistry course prepares candidates to progress into further or higher education.

It prepares them to follow courses in Chemistry, Medicine, Biochemistry, one of the other sciences, or related subjects. A level Chemistry is a requirement if you wish to study Medicine or Veterinary Medicine.

Further information

Who should apply for the course?

You should apply for the course if you are committed to hard work throughout. Many students who choose Chemistry also study Physics and/or Biology at AS level. I strongly recommend that Mathematics should be studied to at least AS level, particularly if it is your intention to complete Chemistry to A2 level, since the A2 modules contain a significant numerical content.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Crypt School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Both AS & A Level are 1 year courses
  • Course code: H034 & H434