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Chemistry A Level (OCR) at Crawshaw Academy

Course description

Course Description

The first year is divided into four teaching modules and each module is further divided into key topics. The learning outcomes may all be assessed in the examination.  

Module 1 of the specification content relates to the practical skills learners are expected to gain throughout the course, which are assessed throughout the written examinations.

Practical activities are embedded within the learning outcomes of the course to encourage practical activities in the laboratory, enhancing students’ understanding of chemical theory and practical skills.

Students will study the A level modules 1 to 4 and then continue with the modules 5 and 6 in year 13. The internally assessed Practical Endorsement skills also form part of the full A Level.

Course content

Course Content

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry

Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry

Module 3 – Periodic table and energy

Module 4 – Core organic chemistry

2 papers: 50% each

  • Both components include synoptic assessment.
  • Practical skills assessed in a written examination
  • Both papers assess content from all four modules.

Year 2

Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements

Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis

3 papers

  • Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (37% - modules 1, 2, 3 and 5)
  • Synthesis and analytical techniques (37% -modules 1, 2, 4 and 6)
  • Unified chemistry (26% -modules 1-6)
  • Practical endorsement in chemistry


Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Entrants to the course must have achieved at least 5 x 9-4 GCSE qualifications, including 2 x  grade 6 in science subjects and at least grade 5 in maths.



Year 1 assessment is via two external written exams.

Year 2 assessment is via three external written exams and practical endorsement in chemistry (non-exam assessment)

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Future opportunities

Future Opportunities

A-level Chemistry is a good choice for students considering careers in the health and clinical professions, including medicine, veterinary science, nursing, dentistry and forensic science. Studying Chemistry will also prepare students for industry careers, such as those within the pharmaceutical or petrochemical sectors.

Further information

Further Information

For further information on this course, speak with a member of the Science Department at school, or check the AS and A Level specification on the OCR website:

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: 16 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years