Chemistry - Year 12


OCR A level Chemistry provides an interesting and challenging experience to link key chemical ideas and understand how they relate to each other. It provides the development of transferable skills including investigating, problem solving, research, decision making, mathematical skills and analytical skills. It opens up a range of possibilities for further study and careers associated with the subject.

Topics included

  • Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations
  • Enthalpy, entropy and free energy
  • Amount of substance Redox and electrode potentials
  • Acid–base and redox reactions Transition elements
  • Electrons, bonding and structure Organic chemistry
  • The periodic table and periodicity Polymers
  • Group 2 and the halogens Organic synthesis
  • Reaction rates and equilibrium Analytical techniques (IR and MS)
  • pH and buffers Chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR)
  • Examination Board: OCR A Level Chemistry

Course content

Autumn Term

  • Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations
  • Amount of substance
  • Acid–base and redox reactions
  • Electrons, bonding and structure

Spring term

  • The periodic table and periodicity
  • Group 2 and the halogens
  • Qualitative analysis
  • Enthalpy changes
  • Reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative)

Summer term

  • Basic concepts
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Alcohols and haloalkanes
  • Organic synthesis
  • Analytical techniques (IR and MS)

To achieve a Practical Endorsement students will be expected, through a range of experiments, to display competency in: 

  • Following procedures
  • Applying an investigative approach when using instruments and equipment
  • Working safely
  • Making and recording observations
  • Researching, referencing and reporting


Homework will be given regularly every week but at least 3 hours of independent study per week will also be expected in order to consolidate the learning from the classroom.


Tests will be taken as units/modules are completed and an end of year examination will be taken in June.

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