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Chemistry

Course Overview
Course type

A level (OCR)

Course length

A level: two years

Required qualifications

You will need to have achieved a minimum of five GCSEs (A*-C) in academic subjects, with an average GCSE score of 5.9 or above. These must include English (grade 5.5) and Mathematics (grade 5.5) and either GCSE Chemistry grade B, BB minimum in core and Additional Science, or BBB minimum in Triple Science. If you are studying GCSE Applied Science or Level 2 BTEC Science, you will not be able to take Science A levels, but could study Level 3 BTEC in Medical Science (Applied Science) or Level 3 BTEC in Forensic Science (Applied Science).

 

Chemical reactions are everywhere - breathing, baking a cake, driving a car, using a mobile phone. Chemistry is concerned with all aspects of materials, their physical and chemical properties, their composition and structure, their synthesis and use in the 21st century.



The course will focus on:
  • foundations in Chemistry
  • periodic table and energy
  • Organic Chemistry and analysis
  • Physical Chemistry and transition elements
On the course you will:
  • complete a unit that bridges GCSE and A level, to ensure you have the necessary basic understanding
  • develop your practical skills within an academic laboratory
  • attend lectures and conferences

Chemical reactions are everywhere - breathing, baking a cake, driving a car, using a mobile phone. Chemistry is concerned with all aspects of materials, their physical and chemical properties, their composition and structure, their synthesis and use in the 21st century.

Chemistry is a challenging A level subject, and if you hope to study it, you will need to demonstrate a strong academic ability.



Method of assessment

Units are internally assessed practicals and written exams.

 

Chemical reactions are everywhere - breathing, baking a cake, driving a car, using a mobile phone. Chemistry is concerned with all aspects of materials, their physical and chemical properties, their composition and structure, their synthesis and use in the 21st century.



What will I be able to progress to?

Studying Chemistry will provide you with an important foundation for science-based degree courses and careers. It will also equip you with transferable skills that will enable you to progress to other subjects.

If you wish to study medicine, dentistry, optometry, physiotherapy or other medicine-related degrees at university, you will need a high grade at A level Chemistry.

Chemical reactions are everywhere - breathing, baking a cake, driving a car, using a mobile phone. Chemistry is concerned with all aspects of materials, their physical and chemical properties, their composition and structure, their synthesis and use in the 21st century.