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Chemistry A Level at Knole Academy

Course description

The OCR GCE Chemistry specification has been designed to introduce chemical concepts through a context-led approach of teaching modules based on contemporary issues in chemistry.

One year to achieve the AS qualification with the option to extend into two years to gain the full A Level qualification. 

Course content

Course content:

Year 1 AS

Unit 1: Chemistry for life

Unit 2: Chemistry of natural resources

Unit 3: Chemistry in practice

Year 2 A level

Unit 4: Chemistry of materials

Unit 5: Chemistry by design

Unit 6: Chemistry individual investigation

Full course details can be found on the OCR website:

Entry requirements

Five or more GCSE qualifications at grade 5 or above, including grade 6/6 in Science/Additional Science and English and Mathematics at grade 6 or above. Science GCSE's must have strong results (7 and above) in individual chemistry modules.


Year 1 AS

Unit 1: Written examination 1 hours 15 minutes (30%)

Unit 2: Written examination 1 hour 45 minutes (50%

Unit 3: Coursework requiring the assessment of students' practical capabilities. Each student is assessed against five separate skills areas. The unit is teacher assessed and externally moderated by OCR (20%)

Year 2 A level

Unit 4: Written examination 1 hour 30 minutes (30%)

Unit 5: Written examination 2 hours (40%)

Unit 6: Coursework requiring students to carry out a single investigation. Each student is assessed against eight separate skills areas. The work must reflect the standard expected at Advanced GCE level. The unit is teacher assessed and externally moderated by OCR (30%)

Future opportunities

Progression routes:

Upon successful completion of the AS qualification students may progress subject to discussion with the course leader on to the full A level qualification. This qualification supports progression into further education, training or employment, such as a Foundation Degree, Honours Degree, Higher National Diploma in Chemistry-related subjects.

Further information

Lesson Structure:

Six 50 minute periods a week, usually delivered as three double lessons with  a combination of teacher input and research by students. External visits will also take place. The emphasis is to develop independent study periods to complete and extend work. 

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: 26 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two years