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Chemistry at The Arnewood School

Course description

Chemistry is one of the most challenging subjects that you can study at A level. To  succeed you need to have a highly inquisitive mind, strong mathematical skills, a  powerful imagination and a logical approach to problem solving. In return, you will gain training in a discipline at the forefront of modern technology and you’ll leave with a  qualification in one of the subjects most sought after by employers and by universities.

Chemistry is considered essential for medical courses and it is considered as an advantage for a great many more courses.

You will learn theory and develop practical skills throughout the course.

Your work in class will be supported by practice questions completed at home and revision classes as examinations approach.

Course content

The core content includes

  • Development of Practical Skills
  • Foundations in Chemistry
  • Periodic Table and Energy
  • Core Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements
  • Organic Chemistry and Analysis

Entry requirements

  • Students are expected to have gained at least a grade B in GCSE Chemistry or in Additional Science.
  • You will normally need a grade B in Mathematics, due to the relatively high mathematical content.


  • Paper 1 written exam 2¼ hours - 37 %
  • Paper 2 written exam 2¼ hours - 37 %
  • Paper 3 written exam 1½ hours- 26 %

During Year 12 & 13 you will complete a minimum number of Practical’s which will contribute towards a practical endorsement recognized by universities in addition to your final A-level grade.

In addition, students may sit a stand-alone AS level at the end of Year 12, by sitting

  • Paper 1 written exam 1 ½ hours 50%
  • Paper 2 written exam 1 ½ hours 50%

Financial information

At the start of both the AS and A2 parts of the course students will be provided with the course textbook. In addition to this, students are encouraged to purchase a revision guide such as the CGP one written specifically for the OCR Chemistry A course.

Future opportunities

Chemists are highly sought after in a wide variety of careers.

They receive, on average, higher salaries than graduates from other disciplines. Just some of the career paths open to you are medicine, dentistry, chemical engineering, pharmacy, management, finance and scientific research.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 March 2016

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