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Chemistry - A Level (Ocr) at The Cotswold Academy

Course description

About the syllabus:

Study Chemistry at Advanced Level and you will begin to discover why the world is as it is – what causes the flavour of bad wine, why street lights are yellow, how to design and build molecules and even why your bedroom is fated to become spontaneously untidy. You may even find out why a cat can never die in a box!

We follow the A Level Salter’s Chemistry course. This course is varied and interesting and has a heavy bias towards understanding through relevant practical work. This A Level course gives you the chance to study some real Chemistry – not the materials science that makes up so much of the GCSE course.

A Level Chemistry is needed for Medicine and Veterinary courses as well as for many pure science courses, and it is very highly regarded for a number of other courses in Higher Education such as Law.

Chemistry complements other science courses available, but can also be studied successfully alongside a wide range of other subjects.

A Level is undeniably harder than GCSE. Everyone has to take an active part – you can’t sit back and let someone else do it all for you. You will discover new learning styles and skills which, once mastered, will then see you through university. You will need to stay on top of the work as, unlike GCSE, a lesson builds on previous lesson content. Falling behind is not an option.

Course content

AS units in Year 12

Unit 1 - F331

Chemistry for Life

1 hour exam - 30% of AS Level - 15% of A Level

Unit 2 - F332

Chemistry of Natural Resources

1 hour exam -50% of AS Level - 25% of A Level

Unit 3 - F333 Chemistry in Practice 

Practical examination in five parts completed over over the year - 20% of AS Level - 10% of A Level


A2 units in Year 13

Unit 4 - F334

Chemistry of Materials

1hr 30min exam - 15% of A Level

Unit 5 - F335

Chemistry by Design

2hr exam - 20% of A Level

Unit 6 - F336

Individual Investigation - 15% of A Level

Entry requirements

A* - B at GCSE Science, Additional Science and Mathematics


Entry criteria for A2 is at least a D at the requisite AS Level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Cotswold Academy directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years


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    • Students benefit from all the new facilities that have been built over the last 4 years: the Sports Hall, the new English and Maths Blocks, refurbished Science labs, to name a few.  Furthermore, we have our own state-of-the-art Sixth Form Centre which provides a superb study room with networked PCs and a popular Common Room – a hive of student activity.