Chemistry A-Level

Course Overview

Entry Qualifications

In addition to the standard College entry requirements (see below), this course also requires students to have achieved grade 66 or above in GCSE Combined Science (both Higher Tier) or a minimum of 655 in the separate sciences which should include grade 6 or above in Chemistry. A minimum of grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics and grade 5 in English Language is also normally required.

What will I study?

Chemistry is all around us. As a fundamental science it has a profound impact on our planet and is involved in nearly every facet of everyday life. Almost every new technological change and important discovery has its foundation in chemistry. Everyday materials such as drugs, dyes, plastics, agrochemicals, detergents, paints and cosmetics are the result of chemical research. The study of Chemistry provides a stimulating insight into this material world in which we live. The A-level course builds upon the knowledge of Chemistry introduced through the Science GCSE and aims to stimulate interest and enjoyment of the subject. Scientific principles and concepts are explored both practically and theoretically.

How will I study?

Classwork is designed to build up students’ understanding of the chemical concepts and ideas. This is achieved through practical work, problem-solving or question/ answering and other activities. Past papers are issued with mark schemes. Written homework is set regularly to aid understanding and extra support is available when needed.

How is the course examined?

The A-level is examined at the end of the second year with three papers. A separate endorsement is given for successful completion of practical work during the course.

Where next?

The course provides an excellent basis for further study and employment. The vast majority of students progress to a wide range of degree courses ranging from Law to Engineering. A-level Chemistry is essential for entry to degree courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering in addition to Chemistry itself. Many opportunities exist within the chemical and pharmaceutical industries for employment in research and development, quality assurance, marketing, sales and management.  Many chemists are employed in service industries such as forensic science, pollution control, environmental health and hospital laboratories. A degree in Chemistry can gain access to other employment such as accountancy, management and teaching.

What does the course combine well with?

A-level Chemistry can be taken alongside any other subject. However, it is advantageous for students to also study another A-level Science and/or Mathematics since these subjects support each other.

College Entry Requirements

We normally expect applicants to have achieved good GCSE passes in at least six subjects, these must:

  • demonstrate the suitability for Advanced Level study
  • have been achieved at Grade 4/C as a minimum
  • include two at Grade 5/B as a minimum
  • include English Language – a minimum grade of 4/C
  • includes Mathematics at a grade 5/C as a minimum