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King Edward VI High School Chemistry Spec A A Level OCR (Block D) at The Stafford Partnership

Course description

The course covers wide-ranging aspects of Chemistry,  the nature of chemical reactions, processes and mechanisms  and the importance of Chemistry in the world around us.

Course content

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

Entry requirements

The standard entry criteria to study in the sixth form is an 9-4 or A*-C in at least seven different subjects, including mathematics which would usually be at grade 4 or above (equivalent to grade C in previous years).


To study science subjects at A-level (biology, chemistry, physics or psychology), you will be required to achieve at least a 6 grade in additional science or have achieved  6 or above in the individual subject area if taken as a separate science.


For some A-levels with a high mathematical content (particularly computing, chemistry and physics) GCSE at grade 6 in mathematics is also required.


At AS-level there are two 1 hr 30 min papers: Breadth in Chemistry and Depth in Chemistry.


At A-level there are three papers:


Paper 1: Periodic Table, Elements and Physical Chemistry. 2 hr 15 min. Weighting 37%

Paper 2: Synthesis and Analytical Techniques. 2 hr 15 min. Weighting 37%

Paper 3: Unified Chemistry. 1 hr 30 min. Weighting 26%


There is also non-examinable element which involves practical activities.It will appear on all students’ certificates as a separately reported result, alongside the overall grade for the qualification. The arrangements for the assessment of practical skills will be common to all awarding organisations. These arrangements will include a minimum of 12 practical activities to be carried out by each student.

Financial information

Students will need to buy the specified course textbook.  The cost of field trips, where these are necessary and appropriate, will also be passed on to students.

Future opportunities

A Level Chemistry is an excellent base for a university degree in healthcare such as medicine, pharmacy and dentistry as well as the biological sciences, physics, mathematics, pharmacology and analytical chemistry. Chemistry is also taken by many law applicants as it shows you can cope with difficult concepts. Chemistry can also complement a number of arts subjects.

A range of career opportunities are available including chemical, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries and in areas such as forensics, environmental protection and healthcare. The problem solving skills are useful for many other areas, too, such as law and finance.

Further information

Contact Mr SP Brentnall, Subject Leader  at

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Stafford Partnership directly.

Last updated date: 18 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: 12DKeCH1