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A-level Chemistry

Chemistry at A-level is stimulating, challenging, satisfying and fun.

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Exam Board: OCR


At Bosworth Chemistry is a well-established subject, intended for students who have studied Chemistry in their GCSE Course. Through a combination of practical and theoretical investigation, the course provides a platform in the basic principles that underpin Chemistry and applies them to the world and its resources. It develops practical and analytical skills and provides opportunities for research into and evaluation of existing theories and techniques. In short, Chemistry at A-level is stimulating, challenging, satisfying and fun.

This course is only available for the September start 2 year A-level.

Entry Requirements

A good grounding in Chemistry and Maths is essential – at least a grade 6 or above at GCSE level (or equivalent) – along with a lively curiosity and an active imagination. We strongly recommend grade 7 or above grade in order to achieve the highest results. The course is intellectually stimulating and yet demanding. Students are expected to have a high level of motivation and self-discipline, plus the ability to work independently. Homework is set regularly in the form of experimental reports, research, essays, self-study units and exam questions.

Course Content

In Year 1 students will study:

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry

Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry

Module 3 – Periodic table and energy

Module 4 – Core organic chemistry

In Year 2 students will study: 

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry

Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements

Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis

Where Does it Lead?

It can lead to a career in science or any science-related occupation. The ability to demonstrate analytical and scientific thinking will be of value in many other career paths. Chemistry is helpful for researchers, engineers, doctors, veterinary surgeons, geneticists, pharmacists, pharmacologists – the list is endless.



You will complete a minimum of 12 required practical activities spread over the 2 years.  During these tasks, teachers will assess your practical skills against criteria set by the exam board. If you display competence of all these skills, you will be awarded a ‘PASS’ grade for the practical endorsement which will be recorded on your exam certificate.   Practical work is also assessed in each of the external examination papers.