Course Overview 

Chemistry is the study of everything material. What we

eat, wear, drive, build and listen to is all affected by Chemistry. You will gain a challenging and fascinating insight into the building blocks of our planet. Starting with the structure of atoms and how they bond together, the course covers many aspects of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. The practical aspects of the course will develop your analytical skills using a range of chemicals and high-precision equipment.

Examination Board:


Entry Requirements:

Ideally you will have a Grade 6 in Chemistry or Grade 66 in Combined Science and Grade 4 in Maths.
You must have the required qualifications for the Advanced Pathway.

Course Level:

A Level – Level 3

Assessment Objectives

  1. Apply concepts and methods from integrated linguistic and literary study as appropriate, using associated termnology and coherent written expression.
  2. Analyse ways in which meanings are shaped in texts.
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which texts are produced and received.
  4. Explore connections across texts, informed by linguistic and literary concepts and methods.
  5. Demonstrate expertise and creativity in the use of English to communicate in different ways.

What skills will I develop?

Time management
Team working
Research skills

How will I be assessed?

Paper 1
Paper 2
Paper 3

As with Physics and Biology, Chemistry is taught as a linear course that is assessed by examinations in June at the end of Year 13.

Paper 1: Physical Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry, including relevant practical skills. Examination – 2 hours 35% of the overall A Level Marks

Paper 2: Physical Chemistry and Organic Chemistry, including relevant practical skills. Examination – 2 hours 35% of the overall A Level Marks

Paper 3: Any content and any practical skills.  Examination – 2 hours 30% of the overall A Level marks

Course Content

First Year of A-Level

Physical Chemistry (atomic structure, amounts of substances, bonding, energetics, kinetics, chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s Principle).

Inorganic Chemistry (periodicity, Group 2 Alkaline Earth Metals, Group 7(17) The Halogens).

Organic Chemistry (alkanes, halogenoalkanes, alkenes, alcohols, organic analysis).

Second Year of A-Level

Physical Chemistry (thermodynamics, rate equations,  equilibrium constant for homogenous systems, electrode  potentials and electrochemical cells).

Inorganic Chemistry (properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides, transition metals, reactions of ions in aqueous solution).

Organic Chemistry (optical isomerism, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, aromatic chemistry, amines, polymers, amino acids, proteins and DNA, organic synthesis, NMR spectroscopy, chromatography).

Is there anything else I should know?

You will develop excellent practical and problem solving skills and the course will prepare you for a wide range of  degree courses and careers in Science.

Progression Routes

Chemistry is highly regarded and considered a ‘facilitating subject’ for the top universities in the country, regardless of 

the degree that you wish to study. It provides an excellent 

grounding for those wishing to progress onto Law and other traditional ‘humanities’ subjects but also for Medicine and Veterinary Science as well as Business or Management.

Chemistry is a good choice for students looking to progress into careers involving Health, Research or Industry. These may include professions such as Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Education,Forensic Science, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Research and Development.