AS/A Level Chemistry

Exam Board

OCR Specification A

Course Entry Requirement

Grade 6+ for GCSE Combined Science OR Grade 6+ for GCSE Chemistry AND Grade 6+ in Maths GCSE

Course Overview

  • Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations
  • Amount of substance
  • Acid-base and redox reactions
  • Electrons, bonding and structure
  • The periodic table and periodicity
  • Group 2 and the halogens
  • Reaction rates and equilibrium
  • pH and buffers
  • Enthalpy, entropy and free energy
  • Redox and electrode potentials
  • Transition elements
  • Organic chemistry
  • Polymers
  • Organic Synthesis
  • Analytical techniques (IR and MS)
  • Chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR).

Emphasis throughout the course is on developing knowledge, competence and confidence in practical skills and problem solving. You will learn how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how science contributes to the success of the economy and society.


  • 2 x 1hr 30 mins examinations at the end of year 12 for AS Level Chemistry
  • 2 x 2hrs 15 mins examinations and 1 x 1hr 30 mins examination at the end of year 13 for A Level Chemistry.

Formative assessments takes place in the form of PPEs in December and March as well as in class assessments roughly every two weeks to track progress.

Support Materials

All students are encouraged to purchase from the school.

  • A Level Chemistry A for OCR Year 1 and AS Student Book by Oxford University Press (this support teaching and learning in Year 12)
  • A Level Chemistry for OCR Year 2 student book by Oxford University Press (this supports teaching and learning in Year 13).

Any Specialist Equipment Required?

None. You will be provided with all necessary equipment for practical as well as any safety gear.

All students should bring a pen, pencil, ruler and a scientific calculator to all lessons.

Key Dates

Year 12 June 2019 examination dates

  • Mon 20th May AM - Paper 1 Breadth in Chemistry (1 hr 30 mins)
  • Thu 23rd May AM - Depth in chemistry (1 hr 30 mins)

Year 13 June 2019 examination dates

  • Tue 4th June PM - Paper 1 Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (2 hr 15mins)
  • Tue 4th June PM - Paper 2 Synthesis and analytical techniques (2 hr 15 mins)
  • Wed 19th June AM - Paper 3 Unified chemistry (1 hr 30 mins)

Clubs or Interventions

Year 12 “Aiming for Grade A” intervention group on Tuesday at 3.00pm.
Year 12 and Year 13 “Chemistry Clinic” intervention group on Tuesday at 3.00pm.
Year 13 “Aiming for Grade A+” intervention group Wednesday at 3.00pm.

Future Careers/Uni Courses

The course is essential for those pursuing a career in medicine, pharmacy or dentistry.

The course supports further study for 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.

A range of career opportunities including chemical, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries and is areas such as forensics, environmental protection and healthcare. The problem solving skills are useful for many other areas too, such as law and finance.

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