Chemistry is theoretical and abstract, yet also a very practical subject with many applications. It explains how the very substance of life is put together, and also gives us an opportunity to make things go bang!
At A Level Chemistry is often combined with Mathematics, Biology, Physics or Psychology but it also complements many other subjects such as Geography, Computing and, ICT.
You will study and experience several practical techniques and get the opportunity to additional learning support!
In Year One you will study topics including atomic structure, quantitative chemistry, bonding and periodicity. You will also be introduced to energetics, kinetics, equilibria, redox and organic chemistry.
In Year Two you will study further Inorganic, Physical and Organic Chemistry. The A Level course is designed to develop understanding by the integration of practical and theoretical work.
You will need to be fully committed, attend and be involved in all lessons and take responsibility for your learning. You will need to develop effective study techniques in lessons and at home and you will need to meet all your homework deadlines.
General Entry Requirements:
A Level programmes require a minimum of 2 GCSEs at grade 6 and 3 GCSEs at grade 5.
Subject Specific Requirements:
Mathematics grade 6, Combined Science 6 – 6. Alternatively, Chemistry 6 with another grade 6 Science from Biology / Physics.
How will I be assessed?
A Level Chemistry has three written papers of assessment. All A Level examinations will be taken in the summer term at the end of Year Two.
Your competence at carrying out practical work will be assessed throughout the course. You will be assessed on at least 12 different occasions.
Where does it lead?
Chemistry will teach you to be accurate, precise and analytical. It will help you learn to formulate and test hypotheses and evaluate results. In addition many practical skills will be developed which are essential for all kinds of scientific study. Chemistry prepares you for a degree in Science and a career in a wide range of professions, from
engineering to environmental policies. It is essential for studies related to Medicine, Dentistry and Biochemistry.
Popular courses for former students of Chemistry include Chemistry, Biochemistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Pharmacy,
Forensics, Physiotherapy and Optometry.
Other science-based courses include Biosciences, Chemical Engineering, Medicinal Science, Biotechnology, Neuroscience, Sports Science,
Pathology, Osteopathy, Radiotherapy, Dietetics, Chiropractic and Geological Science.
In addition, Chemistry students have also pursued careers in
Accountancy, Actuarial Studies, Architecture, Forestry, Finance, Law, Engineering, Robotics, Surveying, Town Planning, Ecology and