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Chemistry - A Level

Special Entry Requirements:

In addition to the A Level entry requirements you need Grade 6 in GCSE Maths and Grade 6 in GCSE Science

Course Introduction:

A level Chemistry is the key to understanding many scientific phenomena. The subject range includes study of the fundamental aspects of an atom – the key building blocks of elements and molecules whilst also exploring complex molecules essential to life such as DNA. The course develops essential practical skills needed to become a proficient scientist.

It is essential if you are planning to enter many well paid professions including Medicine, Veterinary and Pharmacy. Understanding chemistry helps you to understand more about the world around you from how colours are generated to how reactions occur in the atmosphere. It is academically challenging with plenty of practical work and problem solving.

Course Modules:

Topics studied in the first year are:

Unit 1: Elements of Life
Unit 2: Developing Fuels
Unit 3: Elements from the Sea
Unit 4: The ozone story
Unit 5: What’s in a medicine

Topics studied in the second year are:

Unit 6: The chemical industry
Unit 7: The polymers and life
Unit 8: The oceans
Unit 9: Developing metals
Unit 10: Colour by design


AS is assessed by two terminal exam papers, each contributing to 50% of the final AS qualification.
The A level qualification involves 3 exam papers based on the 5 units studied in the first year during the AS course and a further 5 units studied in the second year.
Practical skills are assessed during the course but do not contribute to the final A level qualification. A separate practical skills certificate is awarded by the examination board.

Career Opportunities:

Chemistry is the key science essential to enter many well paid professions such as Medicines, Veterinary and Pharmacy. It opens the door to studying Biochemistry and Chemical engineering at university as well as forensic and material science.
Chemistry is valued by many of the top universities and encompasses many of the key skills valued by employers such as numeracy skills, literacy and practical scientific skills. Chemistry is a popular choice to complement other studies such as Geology, Business studies and the Literacy subjects such as Law and English.