A Level Chemistry is a rigorous and challenging course that has been developed in close consultation with teachers to inspire students, nurture their passion for chemistry and lay the groundwork for further study in courses such as chemistry, medicine and pharmacy.
What will I learn at A Level?
- Chemistry is divided into physical, organic and inorganic chemistry:
- Atomic structure
- Quantitative chemistry
- Energetics and Thermodynamics
- Kinetics and the rate of reactions
- Chemical equilibria in reversible reactions
- Periodicity and the study of Group II and Group 7 chemistry
- Organic chemistry - The study of carbon-based compounds
- DNA, proteins and other biological molecules
- Redox reactions and electrochemistry
- Acids and bases
- Transition metals
How will I be assessed at A Level?
Three two-hour examinations at the end of Year 13, covering:
- Paper 1 - Inorganic and physical chemistry
- Paper 2 - Organic and physical chemistry
- Paper 3 - All aspects of chemistry and practical techniques
Additionally, students will also research, plan, complete and analyse the results of many chemistry investigations during the course and will compile evidence of the development of their practical skills in a lab book.
This lab book, along with their teacher's assessment will provide students with an endorsement of their practical skills on their A Level certification documents.
Level 6 in GCSE Chemistry or GCSE Combined Science
Level 6 in GCSE Maths
Essential for medicine, dentistry and veterinary science (please consult university entry requirements).
Highly desirable for pharmacy, pharmacology, chemical engineering, analytical chemistry, nanotechnology, biotechnology, biochemistry, drug design and research, materials science, metallurgy, space exploration, forensic science, environmental science, mining and mineral science, healthcare, toxicology, clinical research and similar science-related courses.