OCR A Level Chemistry Level 3

Full Time

A Level Pathways

Our A Level subjects are clustered into pathways to help guide you towards your career goal. You should choose and follow a specific A Level pathway, taking subjects from the core and additional choices listed. (Other subject choices are also available, depending on timetabling)

This A Level is include within the following A Level pathways as a CORE subject: Environment, Geography and Earth Science; Medical Health; STEM and Healthcare and in the following pathways as an ADDITIONAL SUBJECT: Engineering; Maths; Physics and Computer Science

About the course

During this course you will study some of these important processes through the use of a range of resources, practical work, small group discussions and lectures.

Module 1: Development of Practical Skills in Chemistry

Module 2: Foundations in Chemistry: study of atoms; molecules and equations; calculations involving reacting substances; acid-base reactions and structure and bonding of substances.

Module 3: Periodic table and energy: study of Group 2 and halogens; enthalpy changes, rate of reaction and equilibrium.

Module 4: Core Organic Chemistry: study of hydrocarbons and other organic chemicals; how substances can be analysed.

Module 5: Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements: mathematical treatment of reaction rates, equilibrium, pH, buffers with transition metal chemistry.

Module 6: Further study of organic chemistry and analysis: further information on organic chemistry with analysis of substances.

You will study the course for 4.5 -5 (first year is 4.5 hours and second year is 5) hours per week and should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (In Feb/March), but do not count towards the final A Level. Exams for the whole A level are held in May or June of the second year.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs grade 4/C or above. Either GCSE Chemistry or Additional Science at minimum grade 6/B or 66 or above in Combined Science. English Language and Maths at grade 5/C are also required.

Where next?

Chemistry is essential for careers in Medicine, Chemical Engineering, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Forensic Science, Pharmacy and Biochemistry and many more. Many non-scientific employers in the business community often choose scientists to fill their vacancies because one of the main things you learn when studying a scientific subject is to think logically and solve problems.

Work experience and employability

This course does not contain a specific work experience component, but has other activities to help you develop employability skills. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies, our Employability Team can help.

What additional resources will I need?

You will be expected to supply your own stationery and you may want to purchase a textbook. You may also be asked to contribute to any courses and visits in which you take part.

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-18 years. You will have to buy textbooks for the course (about £30).


For queries about the course, please contact the course leader: Samuel.asomoah@newcollege.ac.uk

For general enquiries, please contact: enrolment@newcollege.ac.uk