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Science: AS and A Level Chemistry (OCR) at The Howard School

Course description

AS modules

• Development of practical skills

• Foundations in chemistry

• Periodic table & energy

• Core organic chemistry

A2 modules

• Development of practical skills

• Foundations in chemistry

• Periodic table & energy

• Core organic chemistry

• Periodic table, elements & physical chemistry

• Synthesis & analytical techniques

• Unified chemistry

Applications made to The Howard School can be made by both male and female students.

Course content

Class work needs to be reviewed after every lesson, producing key word glossary and summary notes of the lesson to check understanding of concepts and aid recall and application.

In addition Independent Study tasks will be set at least twice weekly.

Students are also responsible for keeping their PAG Laboratory booklet (practical endorsement) at a high standard and ensuring it is up to date throughout the two years.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in Maths and English GCSE and BB grade overall in Core and Additional Science GCSE, minimum B grade on Chemistry papers C1 and C2.


The course is linear, so assessment of a student’s knowledge takes place at the end of year 12 (for AS) and / or the end of year (for the full A2).

AS –

Paper 1 (Breadth in chemistry). 90 minute paper, 50% weighting

Paper 2 (Depth in chemistry). 90 minutes, 50% weighting

A2 –

Paper 1 (Periodic table, elements & physical chemistry). 135 minutes, 37% weighting

Paper 2 (Synthesis & analytical techniques). 135 minutes, 37% weighting Paper 3 (Unified chemistry). 90 minutes, 26% weighting

Future opportunities

Doing A level chemistry can lead to many careers in healthcare such as medicine, pharmacy and dentistry but is also extremely useful in careers in the biological sciences, physics, mathematics, pharmacology and analytical chemistry. Chemistry is also taken by many law applicants as it shows you can cope with difficult concepts. Chemistry brings a nice balance to your studies if you are doing many Arts subjects. You need Chemistry to study Veterinary Medicine, many universities ask for an A but some allow a B. Almost every medical school in the country asks for A-level Chemistry to at least AS.

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: 06 December 2016

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