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Chemistry A Level at The Rochester Grammar School

Course description

In this OCR Chemistry B (Salters) course, you will experience the excitement and intellectual challenge of contemporary chemistry by exploring the frontiers of research in the environmental and technological applications of chemistry.

Course content

You will study topics such as designing a medicine, chemistry of oceans, fuels for the future, biochemistry and its applications such as food chemistry and genetic engineering, chemistry of the atmosphere and modern developments in polymers. You will be challenged by the rigorous theoretical content of the course but you will have the opportunity to consolidate and extend your knowledge as every topic is “revisited” several times with further theory being studied on each occasion.

Entry requirements

Due to the rigour of the course, the minimum requirements for entry to this course is Grade 7 in Mathematics and either Grade 7 in Chemistry or 87 in Combined Science.

Any student who wishes to study Chemistry but who is not taking A level Mathematics must also study the Mathematics in Context (Core Maths).


In order to gain access to The RGS Sixth Form, students must obtain 5 GCSE grades 9-6 (A*-B) including English Language and Mathematics.




Course Outline - Units

Fundamentals of Chemistry - 110 marks 2hrs 15 mins written paper
41% of total A level

Scientific literacy in Chemistry - 100 marks - 2hrs 15 mins written paper
37% of total A level

Practical skills in Chemistry - 60 marks - 1hr 30 mins written paper
22% of total A level

Practical endorsement in Chemistry - 0% - reported separately
(non-exam assessment)

Future opportunities

Chemistry A level is usually essential for degree courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Chemical Sciences.  Skills acquired in chemistry such as numeracy, analytical thinking and literary precision, are valued in careers such as research, marketing, finance and computing.  Chemistry has obvious links with Biology, Physics and Geography, but it can also be combined appropriately with most other school subjects.  Chemistry is not an easy option to choose for an A Level subject but it opens doors to many careers and is highly regarded by the academic world and by industrialists.

Further information

If you wish to study at RGS, please apply directly to the school.

Application forms and further details can be found on the school website

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Rochester Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 12 December 2018
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