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Chemistry

OCR Chemistry A Level-Specification A (H432)


Chemistry at A Level builds on the chemical fundamentals gained at GCSE, inspiring students via content and practical work to develop logical thinking and sought after problem solving skills. The course is flexible with the specification divided up into topics, each covering different key concepts in chemistry. The topics range from the Periodic Table & Energy to Organic Chemistry & Analysis. Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics & assessed both through written papers and for A level only, the Practical Endorsement.

Please click on the link for the full course specification: Chemistry A Level

Course Content Year 12 

  • Unit 1:  Development of Practical Skills
  • Unit 2: Foundation in Chemistry
  • Unit 3: Periodic Table & Energy
  • Unit 4: Core Organic Chemistry

Topics Covered per Half Term 

Term  Topics 
Autumn 1
  • Atoms, Compounds, Molecules and Equations
  • Amounts of Substance
Autumn 2
  • Acid-Base and Redox Reactions
  • Electrons, Bonding and Structure
Spring 1
  • The Periodic Table and Periodicity
  • Group 2 and the Halogens
  • Qualitative Analysis
Spring 2
  • Enthalpy Changes
  • Basic Concepts in Organic Chemistry
  • Hydrocarbons
Summer 1
  • Reaction Rates and Equilibrium (Qualitative)
  • Alcohols and Haloalkanes
  • Organic Synthesis
  • Analytical Techniques
Summer 2
  • Revision
  • Exams
  • Reaction Rates and Equilibrium (Quantitive)
  • Aromatic Compounds


Course Content Year 13

  • Unit 5: Physical Chemistry
  • Unit 6: Organic Chemistry & Analysis
  • Unit 7: Practical Endorsement

Topics Covered per Half Term 

Term  Topics 
Autumn 1
  • Carbonyl Compounds, pH and Buffers
Autumn 2
  • Enthalpy, Entropy and Free Energy
  • Carboxylic Acids and Esters
Spring 1
  • Redox and Electrode Potentials
  • Nitrogen Compounds
Spring 2
  • Polymers
  • Transition Elements
Summer 1
  • Organic Synthesis
  • Chromatography and Spectroscopy (NMR)
Summer 2
  • Revision
  • Exams