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Why Chemistry?

A-Level Chemistry will give you an exciting insight into the contemporary world of chemistry. It covers the key concepts of chemistry and practical skills are integrated throughout the course. This combination of academic challenge and practical focus makes the prospect of studying A-Level Chemistry highly appealing. 

You will learn about Chemistry in a range of different contexts and the impact it has on industry and many aspects of everyday life. You will also learn to investigate and solve problems in a range of contexts. 

What do I need to know?

Exam Board: We study OCR Chemistry.

Entry Requirements: As well as the standard Sixth Form requirements, you must also have GCSE Chemistry Grade 6, or Combined Science Grade 6,6, and GCSE Mathematics Grade 6. If you are studying more than one scientific subject at A-Level, we would prefer you to have Grade 7 in these at GCSE.

Key Content: This course is structured into six themes: Development of practical skills in Chemistry, Foundations in Chemistry, Periodic Table and Energy, Core Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements, and Organic Chemistry and Analysis.

What is the work like?

As an example of the kind of work that you will cover during the A-Level course, please find to the right the pre-A-Level material that we asked Year 11 to complete before starting their Chemistry course with us in September 2020.

Chemistry Phase 1Chemistry Phase 2Chemistry Phase 3

Who do I contact if I have any questions?

Mr Forbes will be happy to answer any questions that you might have. You are welcome to email him on

To ask a Chemistry student more about the course, please email and they will be happy to help you.



Paper 1: Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (H432/01) – 2hrs 15 – 37% - This covers content from themes 1, 2, 3 and 5.
Paper 2: Synthesis and analytical techniques (H432/02) – 2hrs 15 – 37% - This covers content from themes 1, 2, 4 and 6.
Paper 3: Unified chemistry (H432/03) – 1hr 30 – 26% - This covers content from all themes.

Practical Endorsement (H432/04). Students complete a minimum of 12 key practical activities over the two year course and are awarded a pass/fail grade alongside their A Level result.

Additional Costs

We provide:  In class access to:-

An OCR A chemistry textbook for students to use at home as well as in class access to the same textbooks. The replacement cost if lost or damaged is £40.

Other costs:  To be met by students

A-Level Lab Coat £10 (optional)

A-Level Revision Guide £10 (optional but highly recommended)

A-Level Workbook £10 (optional but highly recommended).