Chemistry – A Level

A Level
Exam Based
Exam Board: OCR


A Level Chemistry will give you an exciting insight into the contemporary world of chemistry. It will quickly build on ideas studied at GCSE such as bonding, equations, rates, energy, organic chemistry and reactions of acids and bases. Practical skills are integrated throughout the course. You will learn about chemistry in a range of different contexts as well as the impact it has on industry and aspects of everyday life.  You will learn to investigate and solve problems in a range of contexts. Chemistry is, from the outset, a fast paced course which will use and improve your numerical and analytical skills.  It requires a commitment to study throughout the course and a dedication to factual learning. However, it becomes most interesting when these ideas are applied to new problems and this is the skill that we will develop as this is what brings the subject to life.
Minimum College Entry Requirements (5 A*-C or equivalent) including Science BB and Maths 5
Two Years  
Students are required to have a revision guide, a practical lab book and are given access to an online textbook and revision resources. £13 will be payable on enrolment towards the cost of these. Students should also buy a separate text book to support their studies.There may be small additional costs related to optional visits and trips.
Many A Level Chemistry students continue their studies to degree level in this or a related subject. Chemistry will support a career in a wide range of areas, including the sciences (biological, chemical, physical, geological, forensic, material, and medical) as well as engineering, and environmental studies. The skills learnt whilst studying chemistry are as important as the knowledge and are recognised by employers. It can lead to many non-science related careers such as accountancy, management consultancy and law, as it shows you can cope with difficult concepts.  It is essential for Medicine and Dentistry.
Subjects that link particularly well with this course are Biology, Physics and Mathematics. The A Level also has a practical endorsement

Anthony Cooper-Percival

Anthony Cooper-Percival - Teacher of Chemistry

What are your qualifications? BSc (Hons) Forensic Science from the University of Central Lancashire (now UCLAN) and PGCE in Chemistry from the University of Birmingham

Teaching experience? AS and A2 Chemistry, AS and A2 Applied Science, BTEC Level 3 Applied Science, GCSE Science, GCSE Maths

What other relevant experience/qualifications do you have?

Before becoming a teacher, I spent many years working as a Motor Claims Handler for one of the biggest Credit Hire companies in the country, which often needed the inquisitive nature and tenacity from my degree to get to the truth following car accident.

What are your hobbies/interests? I am married with two children so a lot of my free time is taken entertaining them. I’m a big football fan and am a season ticket holder at the mighty Blues (Birmingham City FC…Keep Right On!!). I also enjoy the more alternative type of music, mainly heavy metal groups like Iron Maiden, Metallica and Disturbed to name a few

Denise Knight

Denise Knight - Teacher of Chemistry

What are your qualifications? BSc Chemistry from Bath University, PhD Chemistry from Southampton University, PGCE from Southampton University

Teaching experience? 25 years teaching experience of 11-18, with 14 years of A level Teaching. I’ve also, along the way, been head of KS3, KS4, Head of Chemistry, Head of Faculty and Deputy Director.

What other relevant experience/qualifications do you have?

I’ve done post-doctoral research into fuel cells, worked in research into new medicines at Glaxo and research into soaps and skin care products at Unilever in Port Sunlight. I work closely with Warwick University outreach and I have been assistant principal moderator for OCR as well as a team leader on written papers.

What are your hobbies/interests? Badminton and reading (David Mitchell, of Cloud Atlas fame, is a particular favourite). Spending time with (and taxi-ing) my almost grown up family and going for Sunday walks across the fields, in good company, to a place serving refreshing drinks.