Exam Board – OCR
Qualification – A Level
Entry requirements – 5 x GCSEs grades 9-4, including grade 5 English language, grade 6 mathematics, grade 6/6 combined science or grade 6 chemistry

Chemistry is the science that deals with the properties, composition, and structure of substances (defined as elements and compounds), the transformations they undergo, and the energy that is released or absorbed during these processes.

A qualification in chemistry demonstrates that you have good analytical skills, the ability to learn high level information and an organised and logical approach to problem solving and practical situations. A Level Chemistry can lead to university courses in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, dentistry, forensic science, food science, pharmacy, medicine, nursing, veterinary science and many other specialised courses.

Course content year 1

  • Module 1: development of practical skills – this module underpins the whole of the specification, and covers the practical skills that students should develop throughout the course. The practical skills in this module can be assessed within written examinations and within the Practical Endorsement.
  • Module 2: foundations in chemistry covering concepts required throughout the remaining modules.
  • Module 3: periodic table & energy
  • Module 4: core organic chemistry

Course content year 2

  •  Module 5: physical chemistry and transition elements
  • Module 6: organic chemistry and analysis


To attain an A Level you will be examined on year 1 and year 2 content.

Assessment will be covered by three examination papers in the summer of year 13.

A Level Practical Endorsement (non examination) is reported separately as pass/fail.

Candidates complete a minimum of 12 practical activities to demonstrate practical competence although as a practical course, you can expect to complete many more.