A-Level from 2015

Welcome to the new A-Level portal for chemistry at the Purcell School. You will find info and details of the course here. You should also use the course books (A-Level Chemistry for OCR – Rob Ritchie and Dave Gent, The A-Z of Chemistry and the school Lab-book)

For teaching the new A-level is split into “modules” details of which can be found below.

Module 1: Foundation Chemistry

Module 2: The Periodic Table and Energy

  • History of the periodic table
  • Ionisation energy
  • Periodicity
  • Trends and patterns in:
  • Enthalpy changes
  • Measuring Enthalpy
  • Hess’ law
  • Rates of reaction
  • Changing the rate of reaction
  • The equilibrium constant

Module 3: Organic Chemistry

Definitions form a major part of the A.S and help can be found here.

Exam Dates

  • Unit 1: Breadth in chemistry 1 h 30 min
    Fri 27 May am
  • Unit 2: Depth in chemistry 1 h 30 min
    Fri 10 June pm

Past papers

This is a new specification. The papers are different if you sit an AS or the full A level. For the A.S. There are still two exams the first ‘Breadth in Chemistry’ has some multiple choice structured and other longer answers on the course content and practical skills. The second is titled ‘Depth in Chemistry’ and is all structured or longer answer questions.

At A level there are three papers: Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry, Synthesis and analytical techniques and Unified chemistry.

Because the exams require extensive knowledge of practical skills, you will also work towards the practical endorsement. This is only awarded for the full A-Level.

As this is a new course there are very few papers available for it. However, it’s still worth looking at older papers to revise. You can find a selection below…

unit 1

Mark Schemes

unit 2

Past Papers

Mark Schemes