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Entry Requirements
  • AS Level Chemistry grade D (or equivalent)
  • GCSE Maths grade B/6 (or equivalent)
  • GCSE English Language grade C/4 (or equivalent) 

Anyone interested in joining the course must first be interviewed (informally, often by phone) by the course tutor, Brian Jackson ( 

Chemistry A Level (Year 2)

This evening A Level in Chemistry Year 2 course is primarily for mature students who have satisfactorily completed chemistry AS/A Level Year 1. The specification studied is OCR A Level Chemistry A. This course demands an enthusiasm for chemistry, a commitment to work hard and an ability to work independently and take responsibility for your own progress, but the effort is rewarded by a well-regarded qualification. Practical work is an important aspect of the course. A significant part of the written A Level exams is indirect assessment of practical skills. Practical skills are also assessed directly for the separate Practical Endorsement. A pass in the Practical Endorsement is an entry requirement for many university courses.

About the Course

Chemistry is the study of the elements and their compounds. It is a basic science, key to understanding the world we live in and a practical science with an enormous number and variety of important applications.

The course is divided into topics, each containing different key concepts of chemistry. Once the main features of a topic have been developed, applications are considered. The delivery methods include lectures, laboratory work and group work, with regular homework being set which plays an important part of the learning process.

Emphasis throughout the course is on developing knowledge, competence and confidence in practical skills and problem solving. Classes take place one evening per week, 6pm - 9pm. Students are also expected to undertake approximately 7 hours of independent study each week in addition to time spent in class.

A range of resources are available in the Learning Resource Centre and via the VLE. The science laboratories at City Campus of The Sheffield College are well equipped.

Key Units

OCR A Level in Chemistry A (H432)

Module 1: Development of Practical Skills in Chemistry
Chemistry is a practical subject and the development of practical skills is fundamental to understanding the nature of chemistry. Practical skills are embedded throughout the course. Skills in planning, implementing, analysing and evaluating are assessed in the written examinations. Skills in the use of a wide range of apparatus and techniques, use and application of scientific methods and practices, independent thinking, and research and referencing are assessed through a minimum of 12 practicals for the Practical Endorsement.

Modules 2-4 are studied in Year 1 (AS Level).

Module 5: Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements
This module builds on ideas studied in the first year. During this module you will learn about:
  • Reaction rates and Equilibrium (quantitative)
  • pH and buffers
  • Enthalpy, entropy and free energy
  • Redox and electrode potentials
  • Transition elements
Module 6: Organic Chemistry and Analysis
This module builds on ideas studied in Year 1. During this module you will learn about:
  • Aromatic compounds
  • Carbonyl compounds
  • Carboxylic acids and esters
  • Nitrogen compounds
  • Polymers
  • Organic synthesis
  • Chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR)

For more information, please view the OCR website.

Assessment Details
Three written examinations, taken in May/June, and Practical Endorsement:
1. Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (2¼ hours, 100 marks) 
2. Synthesis and analytical techniques (2¼ hours, 100 marks)
3. Unified chemistry (1½ hours, 70 marks)
4. Practical Endorsement in chemistry (non-exam assessment)

The A Level grade is based entirely on the marks achieved in the three exams taken at the end of the course. The Practical Endorsement result does not contribute to the A Level grade, but it appears on the A Level certificate as a separately reported result of either ‘Pass’ or ‘Not Classified’.

Entry Requirements

  • AS Level Chemistry grade D (or equivalent)
  • GCSE Maths grade B/6 (or equivalent)
  • GCSE English Language grade C/4 (or equivalent) 

Anyone interested in joining the course must first be interviewed (informally, often by phone) by the course tutor, Brian Jackson ( 


Exams and Practical Endorsement (see Key Units for full details).

Where does this Lead

Students who have studied A Level Chemistry at The Sheffield College have gone to university (locally and nationally) to study many different subjects, including:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Chemistry
  • Education
  • Forensic and Analytical Science
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Psychology
  • Veterinary Science
  • Zoology

Future Opportunities

Chemistry is a well-respected subject and is suitable for entry into a wide range of professions. With a qualification in Chemistry you could go on to Higher Education, studying Chemistry or other sciences or related subjects, or work in science-based industry such as chemical engineering, materials science or biotechnology.

Chemistry is an essential subject for the medical field, pharmacy and environmental science.

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Tutor Expertise

The chemistry tutor who teaches this course has 25 years of experience teaching A Level chemistry.

Study Mode
This is an evening course, typically delivered one evening per week. It is also possible to study the full A Level course in one year

Extra Costs

You are expected to obtain at least one of the recommended textbooks. The following books are endorsed by OCR for use with the specification:

  • A Level Chemistry A for OCR Year 2 Student Book, Rob Ritchie & Dave Gent, Oxford University Press 2015, ISBN: 978-0-19-835765-0.
  • A Level Chemistry A for OCR Student Book, Rob Ritchie & Dave Gent, Oxford University Press 2015, ISBN: 978-0-19-835197-9. (This combines Year1 and Year 2 books.)
  • OCR A Level Chemistry A Student Book 2 + Activity Book, Sam Holyman, David Scott & Victoria Stutt, Pearson 2015, ISBN: 9781447990819.
  • OCR A Level Chemistry Student Book 2, Mike Smith & John Older, Hodder Education 2015, ISBN: 9781471827181.
CGP Student Books and Revision Guides can be ordered through college at a reduced price

You are also expected to bring pens, pencils, paper, ruler and a scientific calculator to each class. 


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