OCR Chemistry (A) A-level

Sandbach College

Why study this course?

Chemistry is a fascinating subject which enables us to explain many of the phenomena in the world around us. Without Chemistry, we would not have fuel, plastics and medicines or understand the effect greenhouse gases have on the atmosphere.

Chemistry is an ideal choice if you are considering studying Physics, Biology or Mathematics.

Sandbach College at Sandbach High School Entry Requirements

We ask that all students achieve grade 4 or equivalent (a Level 2 pass) in at least 4 subjects, alongside the following subject specific entry requirements:

  • Grade 6 in Science 
  • Grade 5 in Maths  (or must take Core Maths if 4) 

What will I learn on this course?

In Year 12 you will study atoms and reactions, electrons, bonding and structure, the periodic table, hydrocarbons, alcohols, halogenoalkanes, energy and resources.

In Year 13 you will study rings, acids and amines, polymers and synthesis, rates, equilibrium and pH, energy and transition elements.

Studying Chemistry will help you to develop analytical skills, problem solving and practical skills.

Examinations & Coursework

The course is assessed by three written examinations which will take place in the Summer Term of Year 13. In addition students have the opportunity to be awarded a Practical Endorsement which is dependent upon the practical skills they demonstrate throughout the two year course.

Potential career paths

Chemistry is a widely-respected qualification. It provides a strong foundation for both courses in higher education and employment in scientific careers. Chemistry is essential for careers in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Chemical Engineering, Pharmacy, Geology, Biochemistry, Environmental Sciences and Biotechnology.

Enrichment opportunities

Students will have the opportunity to attend talks about Chemistry in the workplace during the course, visit local companies and take part in national competitions.

We also have a Senior Science Society who meet each week. 

Students also have the opportunity to volunteer and help in lower school science lessons too if they wish.