The OCR Chemistry course has been designed for students who wish to continue with a study of chemistry. This provides progression from GCSE Science, GCSE Additional Science, or from GCSE/IGCSE Chemistry.
Experimental work will feature prominently and this will enable you to develop your skills of manipulation, observation and deduction. It will include learning proper control measures for dealing with hazards. Practical ability will be assessed internally throughout the year. All students will keep a record of practical activities in a laboratory book.
The course aims to:
- Develop your interest and enthusiasm for chemistry, including developing an interest in further study and careers in chemistry;
- Appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society;
- Develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works;
- Develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of chemistry and how they relate to each other.
The course is organised into teaching units, each of which is freestanding and builds upon work carried out in GCSE’s. The course 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
% of grade
Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry
2 hours 15 minutes written paper
37% of total A level
Synthetic and Analytical techniques
2 hour 15 minutes
37% of total A level
1 hour 30 minutes
of total A level
Practical endorsement in chemistry
Six 9-5 (A*-C) GCSE grades with at least four at grade 6 (B) including grade 6, in Chemistry, Mathematics and in other subjects to be studied at A level
You could take this course with other advanced level courses, which overlap with Chemistry such as Biology, Physics, Mathematics,Geography or more general subjects that may not relate to the sciences, to prepare for higher education. With further training, you could go into a job related to Chemistry or one of the other sciences such as a Doctor, Nurse, Scientist or Pharmacist. The course will also help you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.