Chemistry will help you get ahead in most STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) careers and more besides. It also helps you to develop research, problem solving and analytical skills, as well as helping you to challenge ideas and show how you worked things out through logic and step-by-step reasoning. It often
requires teamwork and communication skills too, which is also great for project management.
Why study A-Level Chemistry?
Chemistry is an important subject for careers in: medicine, environmental science, engineering, toxicology,
developing consumer products, metallurgy (studying how metals behave), space exploration, developing perfumes and cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, energy, teaching, science writing, software development and research.
Moreover, Chemistry has been named as a “facilitating subject” by the Russell Group of universities. These are the subjects most commonly required or preferred by universities to get on to a range of degree courses. They can help students keep their options open when choosing a degree and many of the top universities will ask you to have at least one A-level in a facilitating subject when you apply.
Module 1: Development of practical skills in chemistry
- Practical skills assessed in a written examination
- Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement
Module 2: Foundations in chemistry
- Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations
- Amount of substance
- Acid-base and redox reactions
- Electrons, bonding and structure
Module 3: Periodic table and energy
- The periodic table and periodicity
- Group 2 and the halogens
- Qualitative analysis
- Enthalpy changes
- Reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative)
Module 4: Core organic chemistry
- Basic concepts
- Alcohols and haloalkanes
- Organic synthesis
- Analytical techniques (IR and MS)
Module 5: Physical chemistry and transition elements
- Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative)
- pH and buffers
- Enthalpy, entropy and free energy
- Redox and electrode potentials
- Transition elements
Module 6: Organic chemistry & analysis
- Aromatic compounds
- Carbonyl compounds
- Carboxylic acids and esters
- Nitrogen compounds
- Organic synthesis
- Chromatography and spectroscopy
5 GCSE's at grade 4 or above including Grade 5 or above in GCSE Chemistry or Grade 5,5 in Combined Science at GCSE.
* Students taking more than one Maths or Science subject will require 5 GCSE’s at grade 5 or above, including English and
Medicine, pharmacology, veterinary medicine, flavour technology, drug research and development, environmental agencies, product design and many more.