“Chemistry is a great stepping stone to future study because it will help you develop a wide set of skills much valued by universities and employers”
The A-Level Chemistry course is relevant to real world experiences and is fascinating and engaging to learn. During the course, you will study the fundamental processes behind a wide range of natural and man-made phenomena and you will gain a much deeper understanding of the world around you. A-Level Chemistry is a great stepping stone to future study because it will help you develop a wide set of skills much valued by universities and employers.
The Chemistry A-Level covers:
- Physical chemistry, for example atomic structure, equilibria, electrochemical cells.
- Organic chemistry, for example organic analysis and synthesis, proteins and DNA.
- Inorganic chemistry, for example reactions of ions in aqueous solutions, periodicity.
How will I be assessed?
There will be two written examinations at the end of Year 12 that will assess you on a subset of the full A-Level content. Each exam will last 90 minutes and will carry 50% of the AS grade.
At the end of Year 13, you will be assessed in all topics covered through three written examinations, each lasting two hours. Two of the examination papers will assess your knowledge and understanding and will each form 35% of your final grade. The third examination paper will consist of questions on practical technique and data analysis; it will form the remaining 30% of your A-Level grade.
Additional Entry Requirements
- GCSE Chemistry: Grade 6 or grade 6-6 in Combined Science
- GCSE Maths: 6
- GCSE English: 5
These requirements are in addition to the general entry requirements.
All A-Level courses are two year courses. You will sit the AS exams at the end of Year 12 and the A-Level exams at the end of Year 13. Although the AS grade will not count towards your final A-Level grade, you will need at least a grade D at AS to succeed on this course in Year 13.
Where can this course take me?
Chemistry is a very academic subject, and achieving a top grade in an A-Level in Chemistry opens many doors. It is a pre-requisite to get into medical school, but also enables you to move into higher education, research or a career in any science discipline and engineering. The skill set you develop whilst studying chemistry will allow you to pursue any career. It is a very current, very academic course, which is a must for all aspirational students.