Lincoln Minster School

A-Level Chemistry

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80% A*-C (2023)

Chemistry is as up to date as the clothes you wear, the food you eat, the air you breathe and the car you ride in. Almost every aspect of your daily lives is affected or controlled by Chemistry.

Chemists create new materials and test existing ones. They are involved in engineering, fuel technology, electronics, space travel and every other form of modern science. A world without chemists and chemistry would be a very difficult place in which to live.

An A-Level in Chemistry allows you to develop a range of generic skills requested by both employers and universities. For instance, a successful A-Level chemist will be an effective problem-solver and be able to communicate efficiently both orally and with the written word.

You will be competent at using data and applying Mathematical skills to often abstract concepts. It is little wonder then, that some of the major employers of graduate Chemists are the banking and financial industries.

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Course Content and Methodology

Students in Year 12 study four modules, a practical module which is assessed internally and three units of theory.

Topic areas for the theory modules include: atoms, compounds, bonding and equations, acid-base and redox reactions as well as organic chemistry. There is a significant mathematical content to the A-Level with topics on energy changes, stoichiometry and reaction rates involving not only an understanding of the theory but a good foundation in mathematics.

Year 13 builds on the Year 12 topic areas and introduces a more detailed study of physical, organic and analytical Chemistry. Students will be taught by two Chemistry teachers, who share the teaching of the course.

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Exam Board: OCR GCE A-Level Chemistry A H432

Component 1: Periodic Table, elements and physical chemistry - 100 marks (15 multiple choice, 85 short answer) 37%

Component 2: Synthesis and analytical techniques - 100 marks (15 multiple choice, 85 short answer) 37%

Component 3: Unified Chemistry - 70 marks 26%

Component 4: Practical endorsement for chemistry Pass/fail – non exam

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Meet Our Alumni

Our students go on to many exciting destinations all over the world and work in a wide range of careers. Our alumni includes Netflix actors, olympians, racecar drivers, musicians, business leaders and much more. 

Course Requirements

Students must have studied dual award or separate sciences at GCSE Higher Tier and whilst students can complete the course with grade 6, students are more likely to have successful A-Level outcomes if they have achieved grade 7 or above. Supporting grades in mathematics are also a requirement.

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Aspire Programme

The Aspire Programme is dedicated to providing exciting and challenging academic opportunities for our students.
These opportunities will be focused on extending knowledge and understanding, providing stimulating and demanding academic challenges, and, ultimately, inspiring students to apply for the most competitive courses at the most prestigious institutions. 


Our Sixth Form students have access to their own Common Room, Resources Centre and Silent Study Suite, where they socialise and relax, find books or speak to our Careers team, and complete their studies in peace (respectively).

As part of their studies, students may also have access to the dedicated art, photography and graphic design studio, purpose-built Recital Hall for musical performances, fully-equipped drama studio as well as indoor and outdoor sporting facilities.