A Level in Chemistry

Chemistry is the study of all chemical substances and how they can change. You will learn to understand these and see in new ways the things that make up the world; our food, fuels and fabrics, building materials and manufactured goods, the air we breathe, the tools we use.It is a varied and exciting subject which uses many skills developed during mainstream GCSE education.

Students will need to have an interest and a clear scientific approach and sound analytical skills. It will be assumed for the purpose of teaching that most students undertaking the course will have sound GCSE knowledge in the subject.

The Chemistry specification is made up of both Theoretical and Practical sessions.

The Modules covered include:

Module 1 – Development of 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

Course Summary

The course can lead to the study of various Sciences at Degree level which include; Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Architecture, Forensic science, Biochemistry and Medicine and many more.


2 x 135-minute written exams, each worth 37% of total A Level

1 x 90-minute written exam worth 26% of total A Level

There are also practical skill assessments throughout the course



Exam Board

Minimum Required GCSE Grade - Subject specific

  • Chemistry: 6 / Combined Science: 6-6
  • Mathematics: 6
  • English Language: 5

Entry Requirements