Exam Board: OCR    Duration: 2 years    Entry Requirements: Grade 7-7 in Combined Science, or Grade 7 in GCSE Chemistry (and Grade 7 in another Science), Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics.

Reasons to study A Level Chemistry


Everything you see, touch, taste, or smell, involves Chemistry in some way. As the central science subject, Chemistry fits well with Biology, Physics, and related subjects. Chemists will be needed to help tackle problems facing us such as finding more environmentally friendly alternatives to current plastics and fuels, devising better batteries, making more effective medicines. Aside from the huge range of career opportunities that studying chemistry opens up, you learn how to be objective, analytical, methodical, and in turn solve your own questions that you have about the world around you.

Course Outline – Year 12


Module 1 Development of Practical Skills in Chemistry:

Practical skills will be assessed in written examinations.

Module 2 Foundations in Chemistry:

Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations; Amount of substance; 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; Enthalpy changes; Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative).

Module 4 Core Organic Chemistry:

Basic concepts; hydrocarbons; alcohols and haloalkanes; organic synthesis; analytical techniques (IR and MS).

Course Outline – Year 13


Module 1 Development of practical skills in chemistry:

Practical skills will be assessed in written examinations.

Module 5 Physical chemistry and transition elements:

Rates equilibrium and pH; Energy; Transition elements.

Module 6 Organic chemistry and analysis:

Aromatic compounds, carbonyls and acids; nitrogen compounds, polymers and synthesis; analysis

Assessment Outline


Paper 1: Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (01)
100 marks written exam (2 hours 15 minutes)

Paper 2: Synthesis and analytical techniques (02)
100 marks written exam (2 hours 15 minutes)

Paper 3: Unified chemistry (03)
70 marks written exam (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.

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

Progression Routes and Career Paths


  • Chemistry
  • Medicine
  • Veterinary science
  • Pharmacy
  • Forensics
  • Law (Patent and General)
  • Chemistry TeachingBiochemistry
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Chemical engineering
  • Civil Service
  • Industrial research
  • Journalism

The Romero’s Chemistry Department


A committed team of expert teachers who share their love of their subject with passion.

Opportunities for enrichment including involvement in the Romero’s Medics Programme, which provides focussed support for those interested in a career in medicine.

A team of teachers who at GCSE have, year on year, delivered some of the strongest outcomes in the country.

First class, Science labs fully equipped with specialist equipment to complete the full range of experimental techniques.

Members of the A Level delivery team have had extensive experience teaching A Level Chemistry and beyond.

Further Information


For more information or if you have any questions about the A Level Chemistry course please contact:

Miss B Owen – Subject Leader for Science [email protected]