What will you do on this course?

The aims of the course are:

  • To develop a sound knowledge of Chemistry.

  • To develop an appreciation of the contribution which Chemistry makes to society.

  • To promote an enjoyment of and interest in Chemistry.

The course content is divided into six 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 Metals.

  • Module 6 – Organic Chemistry and analysis.

Modules 1 – 4 are covered in the first year and all of the modules are completed by the end of the course. Practical work is an integral part of the delivery and is supplemented by a day at Bristol University doing experiments in the undergraduate laboratories.

How will you be assessed?

At A Level there are three exam papers which cover the whole course content. 15% of the exam questions relate to practical work. There is no coursework, but a series of experiments are completed over the two years leading to award of the Practical Endorsement certificate.

What could this course lead to?

The course provides a support for further study in a number of areas including Biology, Biochemistry, Medicine, Engineering and Chemistry itself. It provides a challenging area of study giving a fascinating insight into the world of chemical reactions. Chemistry has the capacity to solve many of the global challenges that society faces in the 21st Century, including energy, food, climate change and health care. A new generation of chemists and scientists will be involved in tackling these global challenges. If you want to enhance your understanding and be in a position to make a difference, then Chemistry is for you. This course also provides a valuable education if you take chemistry no further but wish to pursue a career in, for example, finance, publishing, patent law.


In Year 13, pupils can sit the UK Chemistry Olympiad which stretches the most able. There are also opportunities to attend Royal Society of Chemistry events for Sixth Form pupils, including the Chemistry Camp, post-16 conferences and outreach events from universities.

What syllabus do you follow?

OCR H432