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Chemistry A level at Midhurst-Rother College

Course description

Why study Chemistry?

Chemistry is everywhere in the world around you! It is in the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the medicines we use and the air we breathe. The A level Chemistry course enables students to see the world in different way. It is not just about atoms and molecules and things going ‘BOOM!’ but also about debating current global issues, developing problem solving skills and understanding how the scientific community works. The study of Chemistry at A level is an excellent foundation for any science course at university.

Course content

Module 1
Development of practical skills in chemistry
Internally assessed practical endorsement

Module 2
Foundations in chemistry

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

Module 3
Periodic table and energy

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

Module 4
Core organic chemistry

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

Paper 1 2hrs 15 mins Assesses content from Modules 1, 2, 3 & 5 100 marks 37% of total A level

Module 5
Physical chemistry and transition elements

  • Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative)
  • pH and buffers
  • Enthalpy, entropy and free energy
  • Redox and electrode potentials
  • Transition elements

Paper 2 2hrs 15 mins Assesses content from Modules 1, 2, 4 & 6 100 marks 37% of total A level

Module 6
Organic chemistry and analysis

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

Paper 3 1hr 30 mins Assesses content from all Modules (1 – 6) 70 marks 26% of total A level

Entry requirements

Students are required to achieve a GCSE qualification graded 9-6 in GCSE Triple Science (or Core Science + Additional Science) and Mathematics at grade 6 or above. (Chemistry at this level does involve mathematics so you should be prepared to develop your mathematics skills throughout the course.) As well as the standard College A Level entry requirement.


The OCR specification has been tailored to follow on from GCSE, and will develop your knowledge and understanding of the subject. The concepts of How Science Works, introduced at GCSE, are further developed. Practical work is integral to the teaching of theory. The new linear course in the Chemistry A specification is divided into six teaching modules with each module divided into key topics. The controlled assessment (practical) unit has been removed and instead 12 practical assignments will be completed over the two years of study and these will be examined in the three written papers and also lead to the Practical Endorsement. You will be encouraged to read widely in order to broaden your grasp of chemistry and to appreciate the sociological, economic and environmental implications of advances in the subject. The course involves a great deal of practical work so it is important that you enjoy this aspect of the study of the subject.

Future opportunities

The subject leads to a host of career opportunities such as agricultural chemistry, chemical engineering, cosmetic science, dentistry, fuel technology, medicine, nuclear engineering, pharmacy, plastics technology, photography and veterinary medicine.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Midhurst-Rother College directly.

Last updated date: 11 October 2017

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