A Level


Why should I study this course?

A Level Chemistry is an explosive, vibrant and lively subject which could provide the solution to your next big step. A qualification in Chemistry is an excellent base for a university degree in healthcare such as medicine, pharmacy and dentistry as well as the biological sciences, physics, mathematics, engineering, pharmacology and analytical chemistry.

Chemistry is also taken by many students as it helps you to develop an understanding of difficult concepts as well as transferable skills such as problem-solving, analysis and evaluation which are applicable to a wide range of subjects. It can lead to a range of career opportunities including chemical, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries and in areas such as forensics, environmental protection and healthcare. These skills are useful for many other areas, too, such as law, accountancy and other finance careers. You will also get the opportunity to participate in several curriculum enhancement activities such as talks and practical activities delivered by external speakers who are experts in their fields.

What will I study?

Year 1 units:

Module 1: Development of practical skills in chemistry
Chemistry is a practical subject and the development of practical skills is fundamental to understanding the nature of chemistry. Chemistry gives you many opportunities to develop the fundamental skills needed to collect and analyse empirical data. Skills in planning, implementing, analysing and evaluating will be assessed in the written papers.
Module 2: Foundations in chemistry
This module acts as an important bridge into AS and A Level Chemistry from the study of chemistry within science courses at GCSE level. This module provides you with a knowledge and understanding of the important chemical ideas that underpin the study of AS Chemistry.
Module 3: Periodic table and energy
The focus of this module is inorganic and physical chemistry, the applications of energy use to everyday life and industrial processes, and current environmental concerns associated with sustainability. This module provides you with a knowledge and understanding of the important chemical ideas that underpin the study of inorganic and physical chemistry.
Module 4: Core organic chemistry
This module introduces organic chemistry and its important applications to everyday life, including current environmental concerns associated with sustainability. The module provides you with a knowledge and understanding of the important chemical ideas that underpin the study of organic chemistry.

Year 2 units:

Module 5: Physical chemistry and transition elements
This module extends the study of energy, reaction rates and equilibria, and the periodic table.
Module 6: Organic chemistry and analysis.
This module introduces several new functional groups and emphasises the importance of organic synthesis.
This module also adds NMR spectroscopy to the instrumentation techniques used in organic and forensic analysis

Examination board


How is the course assessed?

You will take 3 examinations at the end of year two based on the full two years of work and a practical endorsement. These are the only examinations that count towards the final A Level grade.

What will the course prepare me for?

Chemistry is a necessity for the further study of chemistry, medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and chemical engineering. It is also an extremely well regarded qualification, showing that you have analytical skills and ability to develop complex ideas.

Private study

It is expected that you complete 3-4 hours of Chemistry study per week in your own time. Homework is set on a weekly basis and is marked promptly, and there are regular assessments so that you always have a good understanding of your progress on the course. You will have an assessment folder so that you can review and evaluate your performance on the course. There is also a complete set of revision materials on the department Moodle page which will be used in parallel to the website.

What materials will I need to provide?

Standard stationery items: a pen, a pencil a ruler, a notepad, and a scientific calculator.

How will I be taught?

You will have 5 hours of Chemistry on your timetable. The lessons have many creative ideas in them and there is a good mixture of individual work, paired work and group work. Lessons are practical and develop ideas from observations made during practical experiments. Students find the lessons interesting and useful - and that the teaching helps them make really good progress. iPads and Laptops are regularly utilised to enhance the learning experience and you are welcome to bring in your own Wi-Fi enabled devices subject to ICT Helpdesk approval.

This course is for you if... are interested in chemistry or if you simply enjoy it! If you aim to progress on to university to study a scientific course, then A Level Chemistry will be a must-have requirement.

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What are the course requirements?

At least five 9 – 4 (A* - C) grades at GCSE (average score of 5.3) including a grade 4(C) in GCSE English Language. A minimum of a grade 5 in either GCSE Physics, Chemistry or Biology or a double 5 in General Science. A minimum of a grade 5 in GCSE Mathematics, BTEC Level 2 Distinction may qualify.

If you are interested in taking this subject, we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication; however, the College may need to make some changes in light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.

What skills do I need?

  •  You must do A Level Mathematics.
  • Good time management – punctuality to lessons is important, as well as getting into good routines of doing homework so that it is handed in on time.
  • Good ICT skills – you will be expected to use kerboodle, Moodle, twitter, Memrise and the internet to enhance your learning.
  • Determination and persistence – there will be times when you are likely to find the course difficult and it might take more time than you’re used to for a full understanding.
  • Initiative – if you’re stuck, ask the Science department for some help. You will find the teachers approachable and always more than happy to help you!