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St Paul's School
for Girls

Key Stage 5 - Chemistry

Chemistry is a challenging A level. If you enjoy analysing and solving problems and are keen to learn more about what we and our world are made of, how they fit together, and how we can improve things, develop new materials for the future, help find new cures and push the boundaries of technology further, then A Level Chemistry is right for you

By taking chemistry you develop some very useful skills that can be applied well outside of the subject discipline; these include problem solving, numeracy, practical skills as well as developing a broad scientific background. As a result it's a highly respected and useful qualification for higher education and employment in a wide range of areas.

Chemistry will help you get ahead in most STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) careers and more besides.

Possible career and course options available to you and your A level Chemistry qualification include: medicine, pharmacy, veterinary science, chemistry, biochemistry, food science/nutrition, forensic science, biological/engineering careers, optical management, optometry, microbiology, natural sciences, pharmacology, software engineering and physiology, and these all require A level Chemistry as essential (unless other qualifications are offered). Careers and courses that find chemistry desirable include food technology, nursing, physiotherapy, radiography, paramedical courses, law and zoology.


We study OCR Chemistry A, which is a 2 year course

OCR’s A Level in Chemistry aims to encourage learners to:

• develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other

• develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods

• develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills

• develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject

• understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society

Course Overview

  1. A level content and assessment overview

Practical Endorsement

Module 1 - Development of Practical Skills in Chemistry leads to the Practical Endorsement in Chemistry which is a separately reported result on students certificates.  Students will carry out a minimum of 12 practical s which will count towards the Practical Endorsement

Year 12 - Chemistry Curriculum

Year 13 - Chemistry Curriculum