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A Level Chemistry at Ilfracombe Academy

Course description

The OCR A level in Chemistry is divided into distinctly separate units that cover the key principles of Chemistry. During students’ first year the syllabus ensures the study of both breadth and depth in Chemistry, these concepts are consolidated and built upon within the second year.

Course content

Year 12

  •  Module 1: Development of practical skills in Chemistry
  •  Module 2: Foundations in Chemistry
  •  Module 3: Periodic table and energy
  •  Module 4: Core organic Chemistry

Year 13

  •  Module 5: Physical Chemistry and transition elements
  •  Module 6: Organic Chemistry and analysis

Entry requirements

Students wishing to study A level Chemistry at The Ilfracombe Academy will need to meet the following entry requirements:

  •  Grade C or better in GCSE Triple Science Chemistry (with a minimum of a grade C within the C3 GCSE examination).


  •  Grade B or better in both GCSE Core Science and Additional Science (with a minimum of a grade B within the C1 and C2 examinations).
  • Minimum of a grade C in GCSE Maths.
  •  Students of A level Chemistry will need to study post-16 Math’s as one of their other A level options (A level Math’s or Core Maths).


Practical skills in Chemistry will be assessed across the 2 year A level course. Student competency will be evaluated within practical lessons by their classroom teacher and will be reported alongside their A level as a ‘practical endorsement’ (reported as a pass/fail grade).

Future opportunities

An A level in Chemistry is a prerequisite for applications to University in the following areas; Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and Pharmaceutical Science (to name a few). An A level in Chemistry is desirable in supporting an application to numerous other University courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ilfracombe Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 April 2015

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