Chemistry - Year 13


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

  • Aromatic compounds
  • Carbonyl compounds
  • Carboxylic acids and esters
  • Nitrogen compounds
  • Polymers
  • Organic synthesis
  • Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative)

Spring term

  • pH and buffers
  • Chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR)
  • Enthalpy, entropy and free energy
  • Redox and electrode potentials
  • Transition elements

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.

A total of 6 hours of examinations (2 x 2 hours 15 minutes and 1 x 1 hour 30 minutes) will be taken at the end of the course with a wide range of question types including multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions which give students an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of both theory and practical skills through the examinations.

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