Chemistry – A Level
Special Entry Requirements
In addition to the A Level entry requirements, you will need grade 6 in GCSE Maths and grade 6 in GCSE Science.
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.
Topics studied in the first year are:
- Elements of Life
- Developing Fuels
- Elements from the Sea
- The ozone story
- What’s in a medicine
Topics studied in the second year are:
- The chemical industry
- The polymers and life
- The oceans
- Developing metals
- Colour by design
The assessment involves 3 exam papers based on the 5 units studied in the first year 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