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Chemistry A Level at Blenheim High School

Course description

The OCR A Chemistry course teaches not only the essential chemical concepts, but also a range of analytical and practical skills, which prepare students for more advanced scientific study.  The course also studies some of the important applications of Chemistry such as the development of antibiotics, designer materials, pesticides, and chemical dyes.

During Year 12, students complete four modules of study:

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry

Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry

Module 3 – Periodic table and energy

Module 4 – Core organic chemistry

This is followed by a further two modules in Year 13:

Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements

Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis

Over the two years of the course, students also complete a practical endorsement (this is reported separately from the overall A level grade) by undertaking a minimum of 12 assessed practical assignments.


A level Chemistry is assessed through three exam papers:

Paper 1 (2¼ hours) assesses modules 1, 2, 3 and 5 and is worth 37% of the marks.

Paper 2 (2¼ hours) assesses modules 1, 2, 4 and 6 and is worth 37% of the marks.

Paper 3 (1½ hours) assesses all six modules and is worth 26% of the marks.

Future opportunities

A level Chemistry is essential for entry into medicine and many medical related careers.  It can also provide a pathway into engineering, the food and drink industries, energy research, materials sciences, environmental sciences, manufacturing and many other careers.

The broad range of investigative and analytical skills that are developed in the study of Chemistry also make it a qualification that is valued and respected for many non-scientific career pathways.

Further information

In addition to various visits and visitors, students studying A level Chemistry have opportunities to complete placements in a number of scientific, engineering, medical and educational fields.

A level students also have opportunities to collaborate with and support younger students, both in class and in other activities.  These may include Science Club, Crest Awards, Science Festival and other events or competitions.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years