Chemistry A Level

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
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What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Chemistry is the science of matter - the composition of substances, their properties and reactions. It looks at the structures of molecules that comprise all matter, and the fundamental principles which define the appearance, behaviour and changes that molecules undergo. Molecules may be large or small, simple or complex, short-lived or inert, life-saving or fatal…. Some are even beautiful. As the Royal Society of Chemistry asserts, "Chemistry is everything", from the microscopic world of atoms and molecules to the macroscopic world of stars and galaxies.


First Year
Physical Chemistry
Atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics, chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s principle.

Inorganic Chemistry
Periodicity, Group 2 the alkaline earth metals, Group 7(17) the halogens.

Organic Chemistry
Introduction to organic Chemistry, alkanes, halogenoalkanes, alkenes, alcohols, organic analysis.

Second Year

Physical Chemistry
Thermodynamics, rate equations, equilibrium constant (Kc) for homogeneous systems, electrode potentials and electrochemical cells.

Inorganic Chemistry
Properties, transition metals and their compounds, reactions of ions in aqueous solution.

Organic Chemistry
Optical isomerism, aldehydes
and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, aromatic Chemistry, amines, polymers, amino acids, proteins and DNA, organic synthesis, NMR spectroscopy, chromatography.



How will it be delivered?

Practical Endorsement in Chemistry
Paper 1: Periodic table, elements and Physical Chemistry
100 marks; 2 hours 15 minutes
Paper 2: Synthesis and analytical techniques
100 marks; 2 hours 15 minutes
Paper 3: Unified Chemistry
70 marks; 1 hour 30 minute

Entry requirements

7/above in Chemistry or Combined Science; and a grade 7 in Mathematics.

Your next steps...

A Level Chemistry is an excellent base for a university degree in healthcare such as medicine, pharmacy and dentistry as well as the biological sciences, physics, mathematics, pharmacology and analytical Chemistry. Chemistry is also taken by many law applicants as it shows you can cope with difficult concepts. Chemistry can also complement a number of arts subjects.

A range of career opportunities include chemical, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries and in areas such as forensics, environmental protection and healthcare. The problem solving skills are useful for many other areas, too, such as law and finance.

Studying A Level Chemistry will require you to utilise, and allow you to develop, a wide range of key skills such as problem solving, working with others, communication, numeracy, research and independent learning, practical application and analytical thinking.