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Chemistry at Tring School

Course description

Awarding Body OCR
The study of Chemistry opens up many career prospects in the chemical industry e.g. oil industry, cosmetic and household products, polymers, construction, heavy industry and speciality chemicals. It is also a pre-requisite for other careers which are not exclusively chemistry based such as medicine, veterinary, dentistry, pharmacy, biochemistry, forensic science and engineering.

The Chemistry A Level OCR specification aims to encourage learners to:
Develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other.
Develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods.
Develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills.
Develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject.
Understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.


Course content

Content is split into six teaching modules:

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry

• Practical skills assessed in a written examination

• Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement

Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry

• Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations

• Amount of substance

• Acid–base and redox reactions

• Electrons, bonding and structure

Module 3 – Periodic table and energy

• The periodic table and periodicity

• Group 2 and the halogens

• Qualitative analysis

• Enthalpy changes

• Reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative)

Module 4 – Core organic chemistry

• Basic concepts

• Hydrocarbons

• Alcohols and haloalkanes

• Organic synthesis

• Analytical techniques (IR and MS)

Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements

• Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative)

• pH and buffers

• Enthalpy, entropy and free energy

• Redox and electrode potentials

• Transition elements

Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis

• Aromatic compounds

• Carbonyl compounds

• Carboxylic acids and esters

• Nitrogen compounds

• Polymers

• Organic synthesis

• Chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR) 

Entry requirements

Grade 6 or above in GCSE Chemistry or Grade 6/6 in Combined Science Trilogy plus a Grade 5 in GCSE Maths and English Language or Literature along with passing an entrance exam


All exams will be sat at the end of year 13.

Component 01 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5.

Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (01)

100 marks

2 hours 15 minutes written paper

37% of total ‘A’ level

Component 02 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6.

Synthesis and analytical techniques (02)

100 marks

2 hours 15 minutes written paper

37% of total ‘A’ level

Component 03 assesses content from all modules (1 to 6).

Unified Chemistry


70 marks

1 hour 30 minutes written paper

26% of total ‘A’ level

Practical endorsement in Chemistry (04)

(non-exam assessment)       Reported separately


Future opportunities

Chemistry occupies a central and pivotal position in the sciences and its study develops an appreciation of many aspects of our complex and technical society. Its study opens up many career prospects in the chemical industry e.g. petrochemicals, formulations and household products, polymers, bulk commodities and speciality chemicals. It is also a prerequisite for other careers e.g. medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, pharmacy, food science, agricultural science, engineering and many, many more.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years