A Level

Exam Board: OCR (A)

2 years


Course Content:

  • Development of practical skills in Chemistry; practical skills are taught and developed throughout the whole course. You will develop your technique in skills such as volumetric analysis (titration) and measuring rates of reaction.  You will also meet new techniques such as reflux, organic synthesis and qualitative analysis of inorganic and organic substances
  • Module 2; “Foundations in Chemistry” builds on your GCSE understanding of concepts such as atomic structure, bonding, acids and moles.
  • You will increase your understanding of the Periodic table in module 3 and develop this further in module 5 where you will study transition elements. Physical chemistry including energy changes, rates and equilibrium will also be covered in module 3 and extended in module 5.
  • Modules 4 and 6 will cover organic chemistry and analysis. You will be studying the properties of groups such as alcohols, haloalkanes, aromatic hydrocarbons, amines and proteins. You will also learn how organic compounds can be synthesised and analysed using spectroscopic techniques.


100% exams; 3 exam papers, “Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry”, “Synthesis and analytical techniques”, “Unified Chemistry”

Practical endorsement; to achieve a Practical Endorsement you will undertake a range of experiments to display your competency in all aspects of practical Chemistry. The result of this is reported separately from your A level grade

Studying at Alton College:

Lesson activities are varied, you will undertake practical work for all topics, and some of this will count towards your practical endorsement. The Chemistry content is contextualised so that you can relate it to the world around you. Have you ever wondered; How can Chemistry impact on the environment? How do we know the formula of a molecule when we can’t see it? How can we make a plastic dissolve? If you have, then A level Chemistry will hold some of the answers.

Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. For GCSEs which remain with the old grading system, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C.

To study Chemistry, we will normally expect grade 6 in Chemistry or 6/6 in Science and grade 6 in Maths. 

Course costs:

£10 per year to cover printed materials and Kerboodle subscription (includes the course textbook online).

Optional trip costs of approximately £20

Chemistry works well with:

Further Maths