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Chemistry (A) - AS/A2 at St Thomas More School & Sixth Form College

Course description

This specification allows a flexible approach to OCR AS and A Level Chemistry. The course has been designed to enable this college to deliver the designated units (F321– F326) using the framework provided or to design a customised course. This flexible approach is also reflected in the assessment model. All units are now examined in the June assessment series each year. There is also a choice of assessed practical tasks available to all centres.

The specification is divided into chemical topics, each containing different key concepts of chemistry. Once the key features of a chemical topic have been developed, applications are considered. For assessment purposes, knowledge and understanding of key concepts are treated separately at AS; important links between different areas of chemistry are largely assessed synoptically at A2. While the teaching of practical skills may be integrated with the theoretical topics, they are assessed separately. This allows skills to be developed in a way suited to each
individual centre.


Course content

Teaching is based both on traditional lectures and on discussions. Students are issued with a course text book to support each module and to help with their research and homework. The Chemistry Department is well equipped and places considerable emphasis on practical work.

Course covers:

Advanced Subsidiary Units - First Year

Unit F321 Atoms, Bonds & Groups

Unit F322 Chains, Energy & Resources

Unit F323 Practical Skills in Chemistry 1

Advanced Level Units - Second Year

Unit F324 Rings, Polymers & Analysis

Unit F325 Equilibria, Energetics and Elements

Unit F326 Practical Skills in Chemistry 2

Entry requirements

It is generally recommended that applicants for this course achieve grade A* or A in GCSE Chemistry/Science and Additional Science. Grade B applicants will be considered after a discussion with the Head of Department. A GCSE grade C or higher in Maths is also a requirement.


A/S and A Level: The overall grade at Advanced level is determined by performance in the AS units and A2 units.

Method of assessment (First Year): AS% Total A Level%

1 hour written paper 30% 15%

1 hour written paper 50% 25%

Coursework/40 minute practical task 20% 10%

Method of assessment (Second Year): Total A Level%

1 hour written paper 15%

1 hour written paper 25%

Coursework/40 minute practical task 10%

Financial information

There are no costs involved with this course.

Future opportunities

Chemistry combines well with other subjects. Career prospects for students with a Chemistry background are good because there is a shortage of students taking this subject.

With a qualification in Chemistry you could go on to Further or Higher Education, studying Chemistry or one of the other sciences or related subjects, or work in science-based industry eg chemical engineering, materials science or biotechnology.

Chemistry is essential for the medical field, pharmacy and environmental science. It is also a well respected subject in its own right and suitable for entry into a wide range of professions.

Further information

Click here for the Chemistry page on the school website.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Thomas More School & Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 11 September 2014
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