Careers related to studying Chemistry:

If you choose to study Chemistry, you will follow a course divided into chemical topics, each contains different key concepts of chemistry. Once the key features of a chemical topic have been developed, applications are considered.

A qualification in chemistry can lead to careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, engineering, materials science, pure and applied chemistry, teaching and many others.

Course content:

The OCR Chemistry A specification has been developed in consultation with the Royal Society of Chemistry, GlaxoSmithKline and many experienced teachers from centres throughout the country. The resulting course is divided into chemical topics, each containing different key concepts of chemistry. Once the key features of a chemical topic have been developed, applications are considered.

Topics of study include: atoms and reactions, the Periodic Table, the synthesis of new types of substance in organic chemistry and controlling pollution and the planet’s natural resources.

Entry requirements:

You must have achieved at least a grade 6-6 in Combined Science or grade 6 in Chemistry Triple Science.

Subject specific events:

As part of the course you will get the opportunity to develop your understanding of chemistry beyond the specification.

In recent years, student have taken part in nationwide competitions such as Young Analyst and the Chemistry Olympiad which expand upon existing knowledge and skills through practical analytical experiments.

Methods of study:

There are four lessons per week which are divided between two subject specialists. You should expect to complete approximately 4 hours of independent study outside of your lessons. The course is taught through a range of teaching and learning strategies including:

  • Developing knowledge and understanding of chemical concepts
  • Applying knowledge and understanding to new applications and situations
  • Developing your use of mathematical concepts
  • Developing your use of different types of scientific equipment
  • How to collect and evaluate data effectively
  • How to assess and minimise the risks associated with working with hazardous substances
  • Developing your ability to communicate both orally and in writing so you are able to put across your point of view as part of a balanced argument.

Methods of assessment:

Total of 6 hours of examinations (2 x 2 hours 15 minutes and 1 x 1 hour 30 minutes) taken at the end of the course.

A wide range of question types including multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions are included.

There will be opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of both theory and practical skills through the examinations.