Qualifications to start the course

Students must have five GCSEs including English, Mathematics and Science graded A* – C. Additional requirements for this subject: Students must have GCSE Science (double or triple) at grade B or above and GCSE English at grade B or above.

Description of the subject

The OCR Chemistry course covers the core chemistry required for the A Level student, but puts it in the context of everyday materials and processes. This approach is intended to help stimulate the student’s interest and enjoyment of the subject whilst covering the required contents.

  • No re-sits are possible
  • Coursework will be assessed throughout the year
  • Study guides and text books will be provided.

What you will do

The course consists of six modules to be taken over two years:

  • F331 – Chemistry for life: units on the elements of life and developing fuels
  • F332 – Chemistry of natural resources: units on elements from the sea, the atmosphere, the polymer revolution
  • F333 – Chemistry in practice: five experimental skill areas are assessed throughout the AS year (coursework)
  • F334 – Chemistry of materials: thread of life, materials revolution, the steel story and what is in a medicine
  • F335 – Chemistry by design: aspects of agriculture, colour by design, the oceans, medicines by design
  • F336 – Individuals’ Investigation: coursework.

Future prospects

By studying two or more Science A Levels you will be opening up access to literally hundreds of different Science degree courses at any one of the main UK universities, often with A Level entry requirements considerably lower than many other degree courses. Chemistry is the central science, combining as it does with Biology, Physics and Mathematics. A Science degree not only prepares you for a great diversity of careers within the field of science but also within the world of business and management.