A-Level Chemistry

Students who study chemistry to A level might ultimately work in the chemical industry, become doctors, dentists, pharmacologists and environmental scientists. They are able to work in areas as diverse as publishing, technical writing, patent law, intellectual property law, finance and investment analysis as well as in the public services, academia and teaching.

A-Level Chemistry OCR

One-year AS
Two-year A-level Chemistry

Key Topics

The course will focus on:
Foundations of chemistry, applications of chemistry ,organic chemistry, rates of reaction and chemical energetics.

Links to Other Courses

A-Level Chemistry is an excellent preparation for further study at University. Some courses include study in other related areas. Examples include:
– Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry
– Chemistry with Forensic Science and Toxicology
– Chemistry with Pharmacology.

In addition a number of courses either specifically require or find it desirable to have an AS/A2 in Chemistry. These include courses such as Chemical Engineering, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Biological Sciences, Environmental Science, Pharmacy and Dentistry.

Entry Requirements

Grade 5 and above Triple or Double Science
Grade 5 and above in Mathematics GCSE

Overview of A Level in OCR Chemistry A (H432)

Content OverviewMethod of Assessment


Content is split into six teaching modules: 

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry
Module 3 – Periodic table and energy
Module 4 – Core organic chemistry
Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements
Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis 

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 modules (1 to 6).

Periodic table,
elements and
physical chemistry
(01)
100 marks
2 hours 15 minutes
written paper
37%
of total
A level

Synthesis and
analytical
techniques (02)
100 marks
2 hours 15 minutes
written paper
37%
of total
A level

Unified chemistry
(03)
 70 marks
 1 hour 30 minutes
written paper
26%
of total
A level

Practical
endorsement in
chemistry (04)*
 (non-exam assessment)
Reported
separately
37%of total A level

Overview of AS Level in OCR Chemistry A (H032)

Content OverviewMethod of Assessment

Content is split into six teaching modules: 
Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry
Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry
Module 3 – Periodic table and energy
Module 4 – Core organic chemistry Both components assess content from all four modules.

Breadth in
chemistry (01)*
70 marks
1 hour 30 minutes
written paper
50%
of total
AS level

Depth in
chemistry (02)*
70 marks
1 hour 30 minutes
written paper
50%
of total
AS level

Learners must complete both components (01 and 02).

*Both components include synoptic assessment.