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Chemistry A Level (OCR) at Co-op Academy Priesthorpe

Course description

Course Description

A Level chemistry will give you an exciting insight into the contemporary world of chemistry.  It covers the key concepts of chemistry and practical skills are integrated throughout the course.  You will learn about chemistry in a range of different contexts and the impact it has on industry and many aspects of everyday life.  You will learn to investigate and solve problems using a range of concepts.

Topics studied in the programme are: atoms, compounds, molescules and equations; amount of substance; acid-base and redox reactions; electrons, bonding and structure; the periodic table and periodicity; group 2 and the halogens; reaction rates and equilibrium; pH and buffers; enthalpy, entropy and free energy; redox and electrode potentials; transition elements; organic chemistry; polymers; organic synthesis and analytical techniques.


Course content

Course Content

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry

Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry

Module 3 – Periodic table and energy

Module 4 – Core organic chemistry

2 papers: 50% each

  • Both components include synoptic assessment.
  • Practical skills assessed in a written examination
  • Both papers assess content from all four modules.

Year 2

Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements

Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis

3 papers

  • Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (37% - modules 1, 2, 3 and 5)
  • Synthesis and analytical techniques (37% -modules 1, 2, 4 and 6)
  • Unified chemistry (26% -modules 1-6)
  • Practical endorsement in chemistry


Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Entrants to the course must have achieved at least five GCSE qualifications (grade 9-4), including two 6 grades in science subjects and at least grade 5 in maths.



Year 1 assessment is via two external written exams.

Year 2 assessment is via three external written exams and practical endorsement in chemistry (non-exam assessment)

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Future opportunities

Future Opportunities

A-level Chemistry is a good choice for students considering careers in the health and clinical professions, including medicine, veterinary science, nursing, dentistry and forensic science. Studying Chemistry will also prepare students for industry careers, such as those within the pharmaceutical or petrochemical sectors.

Further information

Further Information

For further information on this course, speak with a member of the Science Department at school, or check the A Level specification on the OCR website:

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: 05 October 2017
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  • Start date: Next September