Chemistry GCE A Level

Why does ice float on water? Why do we put food in a fridge? What factors can influence how fast reactions happen? Why are hydrangea flowers sometimes blue or red? What are buffers and why do we need them?

  • Level

    Level 3

  • Type

    GCE A level

  • Study Mode

    Full-time

  • Duration

    2 Years

  • Location

    Bracknell and Wokingham College

Chemistry investigates and attempts to explain these phenomena and many more.

There is a practical endorsement that can be achieved by completing at least 12 practical tasks. These tasks are directly linked to the course content and are often referred to in the exam questions.

Chemistry allows you to develop problem solving skills and apply maths to real world problems. It is a highly regarded qualification that will open doors to many future career paths.

As part of the course we plan to attend spectroscopy master classes at University of Reading, visit museums and learning centres and take trips to see Chemistry in action in real life.

You will be following OCR specification A.

First year of A Level/AS Level:

  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry
  • Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry
  • Module 3 – Periodic table and energy
  • Module 4 – Core organic chemistry

Second year: full A Level:

  • 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

There are three exams at the end of the second year, two are 2 hrs and 15 mins and include multiple choice questions. The final exam ( 1 hour 30 min) is synoptic, covering the entire two year syllabus.

A grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry or double Science and a grade 5 in Maths.

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