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A-Level Chemistry

Examination Board: OCR  

Content is split into six teaching modules and a practical skills unit which is ongoing throughout the course.

  • 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

Practical skills are embedded throughout all the content of this specification. Learners will be required to develop a range of practical skills throughout the course in preparation for the written examinations, in the broad areas of implementation, analysis and evaluation skills.

The course is divided into two sections:

  • Year 1 - Calculations and basic organic chemistry/fundamental physical chemistry and periodic table
  • Year 2 – Further organic chemistry and instrumental analysis/kinetics and enthalpy and transition metals

How this course is assessed  


What is assessed

Percentage of A2

Assessment method

01  Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry

Content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5

37% of A level

100 marks

2 hours 15 minutes

Written paper

02 Synthesis and analytical techniques

Content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6

37% of A level

100 marks

2 hours 15 minutes

Written paper

03 Unified Chemistry


Content from all modules (1 to 6)

26% of A level

70 marks

1 hour 30 minutes

Written paper

04 Practical endorsement

Practical skills

Reported separately

Internal assessment

 Essential Information

  • Lab coats and appropriate footwear are essential for all practical work
  • A scientific calculator will be required
  • Chemistry leads to many future courses/degree subjects, for example, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Engineering and Natural Sciences

 How can parents help?

  • Provide opportunities for students to undertake work experience in their area of interest e.g. encourage them to explore local industries
  • Suggest volunteering in relevant fields of study e.g. medics - with organisations offering care locally
  • Membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry, subscription to New Scientist and/or Chemistry Review
  • Any opportunities to visit the Royal Institution in London or science museums in London or further afield

 Inspiring Science at Beaconsfield High School

As part of our commitment to inspire greater achievement in science and to encourage more of our students to consider careers in STEM fields, the school has recently built three new state-of-the-art science laboratories. One of these is a dedicated A level teaching space, which will be used for some of our A level Chemistry lessons.