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Chemistry AS level at Parkside School

Course description


Chemistry – as far as your imagination can take you!

OCR Chemistry will give you an opportunity to find out what things are made up of and how they interact and the role they play in our lives.

It covers many areas and opens up a lot of diverse careers from research and development nanotechnology and smart materials to marketing and accountancy and medicine.


Course content


Course Assessment


Exam Board OCR   QAN  500/2425/5


AS Units


F321: Atoms, Bonds and Groups

Mandatory unit

• Atoms and Reactions

1 hour exam

• Electrons, Bonding and Structure

AS – 30%

• The Periodic Table.

A Level – 15%

F322: Chains, Energy and Resources

Mandatory unit

• Basic Concepts and Hydrocarbons

1 hour 45 mins written exam

• Alcohols, Halogenoalkanes and

AS – 50%

• Energy

A Level – 25%

• Resources.


F323: Practical Skills in Chemistry 1


Internal assessment of practical skills (completed under exam conditions).

Internal assessment


A level 10%


Entry requirements


OCR A level Chemistry is an academic course which is ideal for those students who followed the Triple Award OCR 21st Century Science course at GCSE and have a genuine interest in Chemistry.

This course assumes candidates have achieved Grade B or better at GCSE. It builds on knowledge, understanding and skills gained from the GCSE.

Practical work is integral to the teaching of theory and candidates will carry out practical work within each module.

Grade B in Maths GCSE is also expected.

You should have a keen interest in developing

scientific reasoning and critical thinking skills and be willing to develop independent learning research skills.


Future opportunities

Progression to A2 level Chemistry.

Chemistry A level would be essential

 for the following University courses:





Forensic Science

Studying Chemistry could lead into the following fields:




Chemical engineering


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 October 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September