Chemistry A-level

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

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

Overview

A-level Chemistry is a fundamentally experimental subject. Studying chemistry helps you to develop research, problem solving and analytical skills. It helps you challenge ideas and show how you worked things out through logic and step-by-step reasoning. The course will broaden your horizons and help you to understand the world around you, and the chemistry of living things.

Details

The course is linear, meaning that all A-level students will sit their exams at the end of Year 13.

The course is broken into three sections:

Physical chemistry - includes topics such as atomic structure, bonding, energetics, chemical equilibria, oxidation and reduction reactions, thermodynamics and acids and bases.

Inorganic chemistry - includes topics such as periodicity, group 2 metals, the halogens, period 3 elements, transition metals and ions in aqueous solution.

Organic chemistry - includes topics such as alkanes, alkenes, alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, aromatic chemistry, amines, polymers, amino acids, organic synthesis, NMR spectroscopy and chromatography.

How will it be delivered?

Your grade is determined by how well you do on the theory papers. Your result in the twelve practical assessments is noted as an endorsement alongside your A-level grade. 

Paper 1 is a written paper with 80 marks. Students will be assessed on select physical and inorganic chemistry topics. The test includes both short and long answer questions. 35% of A-level.

Paper 2 is a written paper with 105 marks. Students will be assessed on select physical and organic chemistry topics. The test includes both short and long answer questions.  35% of A-level.

Paper 3 is a written paper with 90 marks in total. The test can include questions on any topic in the course. The test is split into three parts; 40 marks are on practical techniques and data analysis; 20 are on questions testing across the specification and 30 are multiple choice answers. 30% of A-level.

The practical skills assessment involves performing a series of twelve experiments in class time which are assessed. 

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in Combined Science or Single Chemistry GCSE.

Your next steps...

Chemistry is a highly respected A-level. A good grade in A-level Chemistry demonstrates to an employer that you have analytical and investigative skills that you can apply to real-life situations. There are many possible career paths that it will create for you, for example: Chemical Engineering, Medicine, Forensic Science, Research, Biochemist, Pharmacologist, Toxicologist, Finance and many more.