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Chemistry AS/A Level (OCR) at Allerton Grange School

Course description

A/S and A level Chemistry will give you an exciting insight into the contemporary world of chemistry. It covers the key concepts of chemistry and practical skills are integrated throughout the course. This combination of academic challenge and practical focus makes the prospect of studying A level Chemistry highly appealing.

You willlearn about chemistry in a range of different contexts and the impact it has on industry and many aspects of everyday life. You will learn to investigate and solve problems in a range of concepts.   

Course content

Year 12

1. Development of practical skills in Chemistry

2. Foundations in Chemistry

3. Periodic table and energy

4. Core organic Chemistry

Year 13

5. Physical chemistry and transition elements

6. Organic Chemistry and analysis


Entry requirements

Applications are considered on an individual basis but subject areas have their own entry requirements. As a guide you will normally be expected to have achieved a minimum of the following:

Level 3 courses - a good range of GCSEs from grade 4 - 9 including a grade 4 in English and Maths or the equivalent at BTEC level.

Level 2 courses - 2 grade 3s at GCSE

Specific entry requirements for this course are as follows:

You will need at least a grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry or 6-6 in Combined Science. Due to the nature of the course a grade 6 or higher in GCSE Mathematics is preferable. You will also need at least a grade 5 in GCSE English.



Paper 1 - 1hr 30mins

Paper 2 - 1hr 30mins

No coursework


A2 (A-level)

Paper 1 - 2hr 15mins

Paper 2 - 2hr 15mins

Paper 3 - 1hr 30mins

Non-exam assessment - based on experiments done over the course of the two years - Pass or Fail based on teacher-assessment

Financial information

There are no associated costs with this course.

Future opportunities

This A level opens up the possibility of taking a degree in all aspects of chemistry, pharmaceuticals and medicine. Future careers that require chemistry include pharmacy, some scientific research, medicine, work in the oil industry and cosmetic industry and many more.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 11 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two Years

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