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We aim to provide children with a classical liberal education, regardless of background or ability.


About the Course

Chemistry is the study of matter, energy and the amazing interactions between them.

Chemistry is everywhere around you! In the food you eat, the air you breathe and every cell of your body. Chemists have changed the world, developing modern medicines, materials, fuels, cosmetics, plastics and fertilisers – the list is endless. Often called the ‘central science’, chemistry has strong links to physics, biology, geology and environmental science. This course will provide an excellent grounding in this challenging and rewarding subject. Through practical lessons you will learn to prepare and analyse a number of chemical substances, make accurate observations, precise measurements and valid conclusions that link practical lab work to chemical theory.

Theory lessons will build upon and extend your GCSE knowledge of atomic structure and the chemical patterns found on the periodic table. You will also learn about the complex world of organic chemistry, which is the study of carbon-based molecules and the chemistry of life. The physical chemistry modules apply the techniques and theories of physics to the study of chemical systems and will involve significant mathematical content. Studying A-level Chemistry will develop and enhance your practical skills and knowledge in this fascinating subject. There are many further education courses and careers that require a chemistry qualification, including medicine, forensics, environmental science and pharmacy. However, the analytical skills learned in chemistry are highly valued in the legal, financial and engineering industries.

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OCR Chemistry A (H432)

Course Structure

  • Unit 1 Practical Skills
  • Unit 2 Foundations in Chemistry
  • Unit 3 Periodic Table and Energy
  • Unit 4 Core Organic Chemistry
  • Unit 5 Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements
  • Unit 6 Organic Chemistry and Analysis