Chemistry A Level

Why study Chemistry?

Do you take pleasure in working out difficult ideas? Do you enjoy logic problems, learning ideas that ‘click’ beautifully together? Then you would enjoy Chemistry. Studying Chemistry is like studying a logical game so that once you know the ‘rules of Chemistry’ you can ‘play’ with the chemical ideas. However just as in a game you must know the rules, so you must be prepared to memorise the small number of details.

Chemistry is a concise subject that makes you think. If you study A level Chemistry then you should be able to ask ‘Why?’ and get a good answer. You will find AS Chemistry explains chemical ideas mostly using words, while A2 Chemistry explains chemical ideas using Maths, while broadening the topics studied.

Chemistry is the central science with core concepts that underpin many phenomena in all areas of science and technology.

Careers/Higher Education

Chemistry is widely recognised by universities and employers as it equips candidates with the following qualities; thinking logically, solving problems, thinking independently and being a capable mathematician.

Career prospects are vast if you have A-level Chemistry including Chemical and Material Engineering, Metallurgy, Forensic Science, Medicine and Dentistry. It is also the first choice in other degree courses, such as Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Marine Chemistry.


A Level Chemistry will give you an exciting insight into the contemporary world of chemistry. It covers the key concepts of chemistry and practical skills are integrated throughout the course. This combination of academic challenge and practical focus makes the prospect of studying A Level Chemistry highly appealing.

You will learn about chemistry in a range of different contexts and the impact it has on industry and many aspects of everyday life. You will learn to investigate and solve problems in a range of contexts.

Topics Covered

  • Module 1 – Development pf practical skills in chemistry
  • Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry
  • Module 3 – Periodic table and energy
  • Module 4 – Core organic chemistry
  • Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements
  • Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis


  • Total of 6 hours of examinations (2 x 2 hours 15mins and 1x 1 hour 30mins) taken at the end of the course.
  • A wide range of question types including multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions.
  • Opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of both theory and practical skills through the examinations.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 or better in Combined Science or Chemistry and at least grade 5 in Maths.

Students must select a specialism (Computing, Health Sciences or Sport Science) alongside this course.