Exam Board: OCR

  1. Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations
  2. Amount of substance
  3. Acid–base and redox reactions
  4. Electrons, bonding and structure
  1. The periodic table and periodicity
  2. Group 2 and the halogens
  3. Qualitative analysis
  4. Reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative)
  1. Basic concepts
  2. Organic synthesis
  3. Analytical techniques
  1. Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative)
  2. Enthalpy, entropy and free energy


3 externally assessed exams

1. Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (assesses modules 1, 2, 3 and 5) – 37%

2. Synthesis and analytical techniques (assesses modules 1, 2, 4, and 6) – 37%

3. Unified chemistry (assesses all modules) – 26%

Internally assessed and externally moderated science practical endorsement programme.


General Sixth Form admission requirements plus a grade 5 or above in GCSE Mathematics and a minimum of two 6 grades in GCSE Science subjects.

Where can it lead?

A-Level study in Chemistry develops analytical, numerical and higher level thinking skills. These are transferable across a range of courses and are highly desirable in many employment sectors. A-Level Chemistry is a requirement entry subject for medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and pharmacy. It is also suited to careers in engineering, agriculture, forensic science, teaching and archaeology.