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A Level Chemistry is a highly regarded and useful qualification for Higher Education and employment in a wide range of areas, particularly for those who wish to pursue a career in science, medicine, pharmacy and forensics. The course will allow you to develop a greater understanding of the world around us by an in-depth study of the composition of substances, the investigation of their properties and reactions, and the use of such reactions to form new substances.

Subject content

The course is split into six modules. You will study a variety of topics including the development of practical skills, foundations in chemistry, periodic table and energy, core organic chemistry, physical chemistry, transition elements, and organic chemistry and analysis.

OCR Chemistry course specifications

Specific entry requirements

GCSE Grade 6 or above in Chemistry and another science or two Grade 6s or above in Combined Science. Plus GCSE Grade 5 or above in Mathematics.

Learning methods

Our Sixth Form campus includes purpose-built laboratories where you will be taught through a mixture of teacher-led sessions, group activities, independent study and practical-based learning.


Assessment is by examination. The Practical Endorsement is teacher-assessed.

Progression opportunities

Studying A Level Chemistry can lead to many exciting careers in healthcare, such as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and veterinary medicine. It can also be extremely useful for careers in the biological sciences, physics, mathematics, engineering, pharmacology and analytical chemistry. For students who wish to go straight into employment, there may be opportunities in laboratory work, the food industry, the health service and the chemical industry.

Meet the A Level expert

Stephen Shaw

Stephen has a degree in Chemistry with Chemical Engineering from the University of Huddersfield and is an experienced A Level teacher.

Stephen said: “By taking Chemistry you will develop some very useful skills that can be applied well outside of the subject discipline. These include problem solving, numeracy and practical skills as well as a broad scientific background.”

Our Alumni

Professor Chris Sammon

Chris studied A Levels in Chemistry, Computing and Maths with Statistics at Barnsley Sixth Form College before going on to study a BSc in Chemistry and an MSc in Analytical Science at the University of Hull. After working in industry for a year as an Analytical Chemist, Chris returned to education and completed a PhD at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU). He now works at SHU, running a team of PhD students and post-doctoral researchers.

Chris said: “The thing I enjoyed most about Sixth Form was making the transition from being treated like a child to being treated like a young adult and all the challenges that entailed. On the one hand, you were not ‘told off’ for failing to do a piece of work, but on the other, you were made to realise that you were responsible for your own choices. Studying at college is different to studying at school, it fosters a greater degree of independence and self-awareness.”

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