At a glance

Awarding Board: AQA
Entry Requirements: Six GCSE grades 9-4 including English Language and Mathematics
Subject Specific: GCSE Mathematics grade 6, GCSE Chemistry and one other GCSE Science at grade 6 or GCSE Combined Science grade 6-6


Three 2 hour examinations at the end of Year 13 and the completion of all practical activities is complulsory
Paper 1 (35%)
Paper 2 (35%)
Paper 3 (30%)

Why choose A Level Chemistry?

A Level Chemistry attempts to answer the big question ‘what is the world made of’ and it’s the search for this answer that makes this subject so fascinating.

From investigating how one substance can be changed drastically into another, to researching a new wonder drug to save millions of lives, the opportunities that chemistry provides are endless.

What will you study?

Year 12:

  • Physical Chemistry: atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics, chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s principle.
  • Inorganic chemistry: periodicity, Group 2 the alkaline earth metals, Group 7(17) the halogens.
  • Organic Chemistry: introduction to organic chemistry, alkanes, halogenoalkanes, alkenes, alcohols, organic analysis.

Year 13:

  • Physical Chemistry: thermo-dynamics, rate equations, equilibrium constant Kp, electrode potentials and electrochemical cells.
  • Inorganic chemistry: properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides, transition metals, reactions of ions in 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.

How will you study?

An A Level Chemistry class will typically have 10-15 pupils. The structure of lessons will be very similar to GCSE lessons. Lessons will begin with retrieval questions, consolidating key concepts and knowledge required for the lesson. This is then followed by teacher led introduction of new concepts, consolidation activities and reflective independent work.

Throughout the course you will carry out compulsory practical activities which will also ensure that if you choose to study a Chemistry-based subject at university, you’ll have the practical skills needed to carry out successful experiments in your degree.

Where will it take me?

Studying Chemistry offers an infinite number of amazing career opportunities including: Analytical Chemist, Research Scientist (Physical Sciences), Higher Education Lecturer, Chemical Engineer, Secondary School Teacher, Toxicologist, Patent Attorney, Clinical Biochemist, Science Writer, Environmental Consultant or Pharmacologist.


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