We offer the OCR Chemistry A course. The course includes units on Organic Chemistry, including hydrocarbons alcohols and haloalkanes, Physical Chemistry including enthalpy and Hess’s Law, Analysis and Organic synthesis which can be summarised as mass spectrometry and infra-red spectroscopy. Bonding and the periodic table obviously feature. Whilst the course builds on many of the GCSE topic areas, the demands are far greater, especially in terms of the maths, literacy and diagrammatical skills you are expected to use.
What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?
Chemistry A-Level often leads into the study of Medicine, pharmacy and chemical engineering. It overlaps a great deal with biochemistry courses. After university, many people continue to work in those fields. Medicine generally involves working in the NHS, and pharmacy in NHS hospitals of private pharmacies. People working in chemical engineering may work for companies such as ICI, GlaxoSmithKline and Proctor & Gamble as well as the large oil companies.