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Chemistry - A-Level at The Maplesden Noakes School

Course description

Course Description OCR A-Level Chemistry (A)

Chemistry is an A Level subject that will challenge the brightest and hardest working students. Students hard work will be rewarded with a deep understanding of the world we live in.

Many topics build upon GCSE knowledge, going into greater depth, some topics will be entirely new such as entropy and instrumental analysis.  We will study the organic chemistry in far more detail looking at why reactions occur.

Course content

Module 1 Development of practical skills this will run throughout the course.

Module 2 Foundations in chemistry - acid theory, redox reactions, bonding and structure.

Module 3 Periodic table and energy – periodic table, enthalpy and equilibrium.

Module 4 Core organic chemistry- Families of compounds and analytical techniques.

Module 5 Physical chemistry and transition elements – rates of reactions, equilibrium, enthalpy and entropy

Module 6 Organic chemistry – aromatic chemistry, Carbonyls and chromatography.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 6 or highter in combined Science or Grade 6 or higher in GCSE Chemistry. Also, Grade 5 in GCSE Maths


For the A2 Chemistry, there are three papers plus a non-examined Practical endorsement:

  • Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (01) - 100 marks, 2 hour 15 minutes paper (37% of total A Level)
  • Synthesis and analytical techniques (02) - 100 marks, 2 hour 15 minutes paper (37% of total A Level)
  • Unified Chemistry (03) - 70 marks, 1 hour 30 minutes paper (26% of total A-Level)
  • Practical Endorsement in Chemistry (04) - In class practical skills assessment.


Component 01 assesses content from modules 1,2,3 and 5. Component 02 assesses content from modules 1,2, 4 and 6. Component 03 assesses content from all 6 modules (1 to 6).

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: 13 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Ms C Ridout
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01622759036