Head of Department

Mr A Williams

Examining Body


Overview of the course

OCR Chemistry – The course looks at three main areas; Physical, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry. Physical Chemistry looks at the structure of atoms, bonding and factors effecting reaction rates including mathematical calculations. Inorganic chemistry focuses on specific groups of the periodic table and their properties. Organic chemistry looks at the different groups of chemicals including, alkanes, alcohols, alkenes, carboxylic acids and ketones. Amino acids and DNA is also studied in year 2 of the course allowing links with A-level Biology.

Course Details 

Year 12

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry

Practical skills will be assessed in written examinations. During all aspects of the course practical work will be completed and a portfolio of work collated. These experiments will be examined in the terminal exams.

Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry

Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations.

Amount of substance and acid-base and redox reactions.

Electrons, bonding and structure.

Module 3 – Periodic table and energy 

The periodic table and periodicity

Group 2 and halogens

Qualitative analysis and enthalpy changes

Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative)

Module 4 – Core organic chemistry

Basic concepts

Hydrocarbons, alcohols and haloalkanes

Organic synthesis and analytical techniques (IR and MS)


Year 13

Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements:

Rates equilibrium and pH


Transition elements

Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis:

Aromatic compounds, carbonyls and acids

Nitrogen compounds, polymers and synthesis



AS Assessment: Two written papers

Paper 1 – Breadth in Chemistry (70 marks)

Paper 2 – Depth in Chemistry (70 marks)

Each 1 hour and 30 minutes long and is worth 50% of the AS


A2 Assessment: Three written papers

Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (01) - 100 marks (2 hours 15 minutes)

Synthesis and analytical techniques (02) - 100 marks (2 hours 15 minutes)

Unified chemistry (03) - 70 marks (1 hour 30 minutes)

Component 01 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5 and is worth 37% of the A level.

Component 02 assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6 and is worth 37% of the A level.

Component 03 assesses content from all modules 1 to 6 and is worth 26% of the A level.

Possible Career Paths 

Students will require this A-level for course such as medicine and dentistry. It is also fundamental for biomedical science and other science degrees. The skills obtained are extremely favourable to employers if students wish to pursue employment following A levels.