A Level Chemistry


The aims of the course are to encourage you, the candidate, to develop:
    • an enthusiasm for Chemistry
    • gain hands-on practical skills and data analysis skills
    • appreciate how science works and its relevance beyond the laboratory
    • demonstrate a synoptic understanding
    • study Chemistry in a contemporary context
    • an appropriate level of knowledge and skills for study at H.E.level

    Are you considering a career in Chemistry, Chemical engineering, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science? If the answer is yes then you should be considering studying Chemistry.


    In year 12 candidates are given a solid grounding in the fundamentals of Chemistry. The specification introduces the chemical reactivity of atoms and their compounds and provides an understanding of structure and bonding. Chemical calculations include the study of amounts of substance. Physical chemistry topics cover energy changes and rates of reactions. The development and use of the periodic table is explained and organic
    chemical reaction mechanisms are introduced. 

    In year 13 the specification further develops the concepts of chemistry introduced in year 12. Candidates study physical chemistry topics of kinetics, equilibria, thermodynamics and electrochemistry. Organic chemistry is extended to include spectroscopic techniques that determine molecular formulae and structures of organic compounds. The study of the periodic table continues, including the chemistry of transition elements.


    Chemistry is fundamentally an experimental subject. The course provides numerous opportunities to use practical experience linking theory to reality and equipping students with essential skills. 

    Practical skills are assessed continuously throughout the course through 12 compulsory activities leading to a ‘practical endorsement’. There is no coursework component.


    All assessment is undertaken at the end of Year 13 as follows, apart from practical skills which are assessed continuously:

    Paper i: Inorganic & Physical Chemistry (2hours,105marks, 35% of A Level)
    Paper ii: Organic & Physical Chemistry (2hours, 35% of A Level)
    Paper iii: Synoptic Paper (2hours, 90 marks, 30% of A Level)


    As a subject on its own, A Level in Chemistry shows that you have a high level of scientific skill, numeracy and understanding. Taken with other sciences, Chemistry A Level opens up many careers including Pharmaceutical Industries; Pharmacy; Biochemistry; Medicine and related medical careers; Laboratory Technician; Environmental Scientist; Forensic Scientist; Chemical Engineer; Materials Engineer; Oil and Petroleum Chemistry.


    The minimum entry requirements for academic level 3 study apply.

    In addition:
    All students must have Grade 6+ in Maths owing to the considerable mathematical content of the new A Levels.

    It is strongly recommended also that students have attained Grade 7 or better in GCSE science subjects.

    The minimum entry requirements for Double Award Students are Grades 6 and 7 in Science. The minimum entry requirements for Triple Award Students are Grade 6 in Chemistry plus one other science and performance in the exam components may be taken into account, given the 100% examined nature of the A Level.

    You will be required to complete independent study throughout the course.

    For more information please see www.aqa.org.uk