Why choose A Level Chemistry

Students will be expected to have met St Paul’s entry requirements of 2 Grade 5’s and 4 Grade 4’s. A minimum of grade 4 in English and Maths is essential for all courses.
A-Level Chemistry has an additional entry requirement of Chemistry at a minimum of grade 6 in Chemistry or 6/6 in Double Science and a minimum of grade 5 in Maths. Where students do not meet grade criteria, individual cases will be discussed on results day.

Chemistry A is split into six modules:
Modules 1 to 6, combined with the Practical Endorsement, constitute the full A Level.
The modules can be summarised as:
• Module 1: Development of practical skills – this module underpins the whole of the specification, and covers the practical skills that students should develop throughout the course. The practical skills in this module can be assessed within written examinations and within the Practical Endorsement.
• Module 2: Foundations in chemistry covering concepts required throughout the remaining modules.
• Module 3: Periodic Table and Energy
• Module 4: Core Organic Chemistry
• Module 5: Physical Chemistry and Transition Metals
• Module 6: Organic Chemistry and Analysis

There is no coursework. Practical skills are assessed in the written papers. There will also be a set of core-practical activities that students will complete. The students’ performance in this will be reported separately, with an endorsement to those who pass

Assessment Board: OCR A Chemistry course


  • Paper 1 assesses the content from Modules 1, 2, 3 and 5
  • Paper 2 assesses the content from Modules 1, 2, 4 and 6
  • Paper 3 assesses the content from Modules 1 to 6.

A Level Chemistry, often in conjunction with at least one further science subject can lead to the following types of degree courses, Medical Science, Medicine, Nursing, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Sports Science and Veterinary Science. There are a wide range of Chemistry-related degrees available, including Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Environmental chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry and Polymer and Materials chemistry.

These degrees in turn can lead to a range of careers as varied as medicine, dentistry, forensic chemistry, geochemistry, R & D management, pharmacy, chemical engineering, petroleum engineering and perfumery.