Sixth Form Course Information


Course Details

Awarding Body: OCR 
Staff Contacts: Mr P Holmes (

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Key features of the course

Chemistry is everywhere; the world around us is filled with materials that have been discovered, developed and tested by chemists: medicines, foods, fuels, plastics, fertilisers and fabrics.


The course is split into six units. One unit is practical based and there are five theory units covering the three main branches of Chemistry; organic, inorganic and physical.  The two units studied in Year 13 build on the knowledge and skills acquired in the previous year.


Chemistry is a practical subject and the development of practical skills is fundamental to understanding the nature of chemistry. The practical endorsement is based on the successful completion of a minimum of 12 activities which focus on key techniques and practical competencies.


The course develops essential  knowledge and understanding of different areas of Chemistry and how they relate to each other

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A minimum of 5 GCSE’s at grade 4 or above (including English and Maths) and Separate Science – Chemistry Grade 6 or above or Combined Science Grade 7-6 or above
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What could this course
lead on to?

Chemistry is a fundamental subject in Science. In different areas it overlaps with Biology and Medicine, with Physics and Engineering, and with Geology and Earth Science. It is commonplace for Chemistry graduates to move into these or any other area of Science. As a result, many doors are open to students who study Chemistry.

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Future prospects
and careers

 A selection of careers open to Chemistry students include:

  • Medicine  |   Forensic Science   |    Pharmacy   |   Scientific journalism



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What type of student is this
course suitable for?

A-level Chemistry is a great choice for students considering careers in health and clinical professions. It is an extremely challenging and rewarding course. You will need to have an enquiring mind and have advanced problem solving, research and analytical skills.


It is important to understand the assessment structure of the course. What percent are the units ? Are they internally or externally assessed ? Are they exams or coursework?

Paper 1: Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry. (135 mins) 37% assessment weighting.

Paper 2: Synthesis and analytical techniques.
(135 mins). 37% assessment weighting.

Paper 3: Unified chemistry
(90 mins). 26% assessment weighting.

Practical endorsement: Non-exam assessment of practical skills
Unit 1
  • Development of practical skills in Chemistry
Unit 2
  • Foundations in Chemistry
Unit 3
  • Periodic table and energy
Unit 4
  • Core organic Chemistry
Unit 5
  • Physical Chemistry and Transition Element
Unit 6
  • Organic Chemistry and analysis
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