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Chemistry A Level at Orleans Park

Course description

Do you enjoy coming up with theories and testing them out? Do you enjoy laboratory work? Are you good at Maths and want to apply it in practical situations? Do you like to be challenged by concepts that really make you think? Do you want to understand the facts behind what you read in the news? If you have answered yes to any of the above, Chemistry is the subject for you!

A Level Module 1 Topics

  • Skills of planning, implementation, analysis and evaluation.

A Level Module 2 Topics

  • Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations
  • Amount of substance
  • Acid-Base and redox reactions
  • Electrons, bonding and structure

A Level Module 3 Topics

  • Periodic table and periodicity
  • Group 2 and the Halogens
  • Qualitative analysis
  • Enthalpy changes
  • Reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative)

A Level Module 4 Topics

  • Basic concepts
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Alcohols and halogenoalkanes
  • Organic synthesis
  • Analytical techniques (IR,MS)

A Level Module 5 Topics

  • Rates of reaction and equilibrium (quantitative)
  • pH and buffers
  • Enthalpy, entropy and free energy
  • Redox and electrode potentials
  • Transition elements

A Level Module 6 Topics

  • Aromatic compounds
  • Carbonyl compounds
  • Carboxylic acids and esters Nitrogen compounds
  • Polymers
  • Organic synthesis
  • Chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR)

Course content

As part of the A Level qualification you study a range of chemical concepts from 6 modules: Development of practical skills; Foundations of Chemistry (including acid-base reactions, atomic structure and bonding in different compounds); Periodic table and energy (including a study of the reactions of group 2 and group 7 and enthalpy changes) and Core organic concepts (including reactions of carbon based compounds like hydrocarbons, Physical Chemistry and Transition Metals (including measuring the rates of reactions, enthalpy and the reactions of transition metals) and Organic Chemistry and analysis (including further reactions of carbon based compounds like carboxylic acids and esters). You will also complete a portfolio of evidence to support a practical endorsement which is made up of the results and skills used in at least 12 types of experiment across the two years

Entry requirements

GCSE Science (Higher Paper) minimum Grade 6-6


GCSE Chemistry minimum Grade 6 plus one other Science (Biology or Physics) minimum Grade 6 (both from Higher Tier)


GCSE Maths minimum Grade 5



A Level Assessment (3 Papers and Practical Endorsement).

Paper 1: Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry. Total 100 marks (37%). Time-2 hour 15 minutes assesses content from Module 1,2,3 and 5. Section A: Multiple choice (15 marks). Section B: Structured questions covering theory and practical skills (85 marks).

Paper 2: Synthesis and analytical techniques. Total 100 marks (37%). Time-2 hour 15 minutes assesses content from Modules 1,2,4 and 6. Section A: Multiple choice (15 marks). Section B: Structured questions covering theory and practical skills (85 marks).

Paper 3: Unified paper. Total 70 marks (26%). Time-1 hour 30 minutes assesses content from Modules 1-6. Structured questions and extended response question, covering theory and practical skills (70 marks).

Non-exam assessment-practical endorsement for Chemistry reported separately from the A Level grade as a Pass or Fail. Assesses practical skills used during modules 1-6 to include a minimum of 12 practical activities.

Future opportunities

An A Level in Chemistry opens the doors to many careers. Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry all require Chemistry, as well as Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Pharmacy, Forensics and many other scientific careers. It is not just science – based careers that A Level Chemistry can be useful for, many Lawyers, Bankers, Accountants and Journalists also have a Chemistry A Level or degree.

Further information

Applications to the Sixth Form for September 2019 open on Monday 1 October 2018 and close on Friday 11 January 2019.  Please apply for 3 courses plus a reserve choice.

Entry Requirements for September 2019:

6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 with at least 3 subjects at Grade 6 (or equivalent Grade B) including English and Mathematics at Grade 4 or higher. Some subjects have specific requirements (as shown on the individual subject page) and we strongly advise that students have at least a GCSE Grade 6 (or equivalent Grade B) in the subjects they will study at A Level.

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: 17 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: OCR H432

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    • DIRECTIONS FROM A316 Leave the A316 at the St Margarets Roundabout. Join the A3004 (St Margarets Road). Pass St Margarets station on the right. Turn right onto Crown Road (A3004) Turn right onto Richmond Road (A305). Orleans Park is located on the left hand side. BY TRAIN Twickenham is served by trains from London Waterloo, Clapham Junction, Richmond, Ascot & Reading. BY BUS Services 33, 490, H22, R68 & R70 all stop outside the school on Richmond Road.