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Chemistry A Level at Upton Court Grammar School

Course description

Chemistry is the study of how the elements and their compounds behave. It overlaps with Physics and Biology as chemical principles underpin the physical environment in which we live, as well as all biological systems. In this course you will develop essential knowledge and understanding of fundamental chemical concepts, as well as a variety of areas of Chemistry, and you will get to grips with how these relate to each other. You will also develop a deeper appreciation of how Chemistry plays a major role in providing the comfortable modern lifestyle we appreciate and how it contributes to the success of the economy and to society more broadly.

Course content

In year 12, you begin by studying ‘Foundations in chemistry.’ You will bridge your knowledge between GCSE and A Level on chemical concepts and theories before building on this knowledge and understanding further. ‘The periodic table and energy’ module develops your knowledge of the periodic table and of physical chemistry. ‘Core organic chemistry’ will introduce you to key reactions, reaction mechanisms and analytical techniques used in Chemistry. Year 13 Chemistry builds on your understanding from the previous year. There is a particular focus on organic synthesis (for example, in the design and development of drugs in the pharmaceutical industry), chemical kinetics, equilibria and chemical analysis.


We follow the OCR A specification. There are 12 Practical Activity Groups (PAG) that you will be assessed on at A Level Chemistry. The core practical skills you gain are assessed in the written examinations. The written exams are worth 100% of your overall grade. The A2 content is split into six teaching modules: Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry; Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry; Module 3 – Periodic table and energy; Module 4 – Core organic chemistry; Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements; Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis. There are 3 written exams. Exam 1 & 2 are 135 minutes and comprises 100 marks. Exam 3 is 90 minutes and comprises 70 marks.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Upton Court Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 08 September 2016

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