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About the course:

Chemistry is an exciting A-level option for those looking for careers in the sciences and engineering The new specification has resulted in a slimmed down assessment structure that takes on board the changes already brought in at GCSE for Science


A Level Chemistry - Year 1

These topics build upon work covered in year 11 and include:

  • The structure of atoms and how atoms join together into larger structures.
  • Energy changes in chemical reactions and the practical results of reversible reactions including equilibria.
  • A study of the elements in groups 2 and 7 of the Periodic Table and how the chemical and physical properties of these elements change within their Groups.
  • The structures and chemical reactions of simple organic (carbon) compounds including hydrocarbons and alcohols.
  • Quantitative chemistry. Including calculating the masses or volumes of substances produced in chemical reactions.


A Level Chemistry – Year 2

The topics covered in year 2 are more demanding and build upon areas covered in year 1.  Topics include:

  • Reaction kinetics, which involves the equations governing the speeds of chemical reactions.
  • Factors affecting equilibria and how these are taken into account in the chemical industry.
  • Acids and bases.
  • The structures and reactions of some more complicated organic (carbon) compounds including aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids,  benzene and other aromatic compounds.
  • Electrical chemistry.
  • The chemistry of the transition metals, including their reactions, colours and uses.
  • Aspects of biochemistry aimed at helping students wishing to pursue careers in medicine and biosciences.


How will it be assessed?

The examination structure in Chemistry comprises of 3 linear, externally assessed, written examinations taken at the end of year 13. A high degree of emphasis is placed on practical work this being specifically assessed within paper 3, but questions on relevant practical skills can be assessed in any paper.

You will also have to complete 12 assessed practical tasks throughout the course.


What is expected of you:

You will be expected to attend all lessons and complete all tasks on time. There is a section on chemical calculations which will require a basic competency in Maths. You will need to cope with the pressure of homework set most lessons and two sets of module exams per year.


What it prepares you for:

Higher Education                                             

  • Veterinary science
  • Medicine
  • Engineering
  • Biological Sciences
  • Pharmacy
  • Materials Science
  • Dentistry
  • Chemistry


  • Doctor
  • Veterinary Surgeon
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Pharmacist
  • Dentist
  • Cancer Researcher
  • Commercial Chemist
  • Research Chemist


Qualification details:

AQA AS/A2 Chemistry

Specification code: 7404 7405

QAN code: AS: 601/5730/6; A-level: 601/5731/8


Entry requirements:

At least five grades 5-9 at GCSE.

Grades 9-7 in GCSE Chemistry.


For more information:

Please talk to your Chemistry teacher about the possibility of studying Chemistry in the sixth form, or you may choose to talk to one of the people listed below:

Senior Lead Science Mrs K Weston

Lead Science Mr P Woodward