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.
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.
Grade 6 in Combined Science or Single Chemistry GCSE.
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.