Exam Board OCR                                  CHEMISTRY​ ​
Description 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 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.

Course content


 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

Enrichment opportunities Students take part in The Cambridge Lower Sixth Form Challenge. This will take place in lessons during the summer term.

Students will get to carry out Infrared Spectroscopy on Organic products that they have produced. This is with The University of Greenwich.

Assessment Topic Assessment % of grade
Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry 100 marks

2 hours 15 minutes written paper

37% of total A level
Synthetic and Analytical techniques 100 marks

2 hour 15 minutes

Written paper

37% of total A level
Unified chemistry 70 marks

1 hour 30 minutes

written paper


of total A level

Practical endorsement in chemistry Pass/Fail 0