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AS/A Level Chemistry

Programme Description

Chemistry A Level provides a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. It encourages learners to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, Chemistry and to recognise its importance in their own lives and society.

Chemistry encourages learners to develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills. Practical work is an intrinsic part of chemistry and is greatly valued by Universities and Research Institutions. To widen experience, those with an aptitude in Chemistry are encouraged to participate in the Chemistry Olympiad; a national competition run by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Programme Features

  • Application of everyday chemistry
  • Links to current affairs and developments in Science
  • Develops practical skills commensurate with the qualification
  • Programme features Learners will have access to well-equipped laboratories

Progression & Employment

The chemistry department has helped our students to successfully apply to study Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences at Russell Group universities. Recently, we have had great success at A Level: students who achieved an A* in 2018 now at Cardiff University studying Dentistry; an A* student is now at Imperial College London studying Medicine; an A student and is now studying Veterinary Science in Nottingham University Veterinary College.

2018 - 83% A* - C and 100 A* - E.




Programme Content

AS Level

Atomic Structure and Radioactivity, Chemical Quantities and Equations, Inorganic Chemistry (reactions of the Periodic Table), Industrial Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry (including the Greenhouse Effect and Acid Rain). An introduction to Organic Chemistry. Also a study of whether reactions happen (Energetics), how fast they happen (Kinetics) and what the yield is likely to be (Equilibria).

A2 Level

Further Inorganic eg. the Transition Metals, and physical chemistry. Lots more Organic chemistry including: the synthesis of important substances such as pharmaceuticals and polymers, and techniques for analysing substances eg. Infra-red Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry. Also organic practical work, eg. the synthesis of aspirin.

Programme Assessment

How will I be assessed?

Year 1 / AS - Units 1 & 2 Written Exams, 20% each;

Year 2 / A2 - Units 3 &4 Written Exam, 25% each, and Unit 5 Practical Exam, 10%.

Programme Entry Requirements

Normally students 16 - 19 years of age will require a minimum of 7 GCSEs at grades A* - C.

GCSE ‘B’ in Maths Higher Tier; Grade B in GCSE Chemistry / Double (higher) Award Science are essential.  A C grade in GCSE English language would be adventageous and required for application to university.

Entry for mature students without formal qualifications is at the discretion of the Curriculum Area.

Additional Costs

All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £45.00 prior to enrolment.

You will need to provide your own stationery and you may also incur costs if the department arranges educational visits.