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Chemistry A Level at Copleston High School

Course description

We follow the OCR A Chemistry course. This is a traditional Chemistry A Level, with a wide range of chemical concepts covered. The course involves roughly equal amounts of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, and covers such topics as chemical kinetics (rates), equilibria, modern analytical techniques, ozone depletion, biochemistry and many others.

Entry requirements

4 AS levels – at least 5 grade Bs or equivalent in different GCSEs or other Level 2 courses. 3 AS levels – at least 5 grade Cs or equivalent in different GCSEs or other Level 2 courses. In addition, at least two grade B's in GCSE Science or its equivalent.


The new specification for Chemistry is a 2 year linear course, made up of 6 modules. These will be assessed at the end of Year 13 in 3 exam papers, which will use a mixture of multiple choice, structured and extended question styles. The exam papers will also cover some practical skills. There will be an additional practical endorsement, covering 12 key practical activities. This is teacher assessed and is reported with, but not part of, the main A Level qualification.

Further information

Chemistry is a required A level for students wishing to study medicine, dentistry or veterinary science. It is useful for many other medical field degrees. The chemical/ pharmaceutical industries are still large employers and there is a shortage of trained
chemists in this country. Chemistry often also leads into degrees and employment in unrelated fields such as law, accountancy and engineering. A Level Chemistry is seen by employers as a rigorous course that demonstrates good numeracy, literacy, problem solving and practical skills.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 October 2016
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