Chemistry A Level

Chemistry A Level

This course offers you a structured transition from GCSE Science and Chemistry courses and prepares you for the more in depth scientific study of higher education courses or the world of work in a scientific field.

  • Course Type School Leaver
  • Subject Area Science
  • Qualification A Level 🧩
  • Study Mode: Full Time Only
  • Course Level Level 3
  • Course Length 2 years
100% Pass rate in 2019

This course can be combined with other A Level courses (including BTEC Certificates) to make a full programme and it is recommended that it is combined with another maths and science subjects for applicants looking to progress to a science related course at university.

You will study an AS Level in the first year. This course is designed to provide a smooth transition from GCSE Chemistry courses and to interface with the needs of Higher Education courses or the needs of a science career in industry. It provides an appreciation and understanding of important chemical principles which are fundamental to the understanding of the world in which we live. The course also encourages students to come to understand how scientists investigate scientific phenomena in their attempts to explain the world around us. Students develop their practical skills to complement their understanding of chemical concepts. The study of chemistry is useful in understanding other areas of science.

This course is ideal if you enjoy problem solving, building connections within subject knowledge and understanding the scientific principles behind processes.

You will be taught through lectures, practical work, problem solving and discussions. You will have access to fully equipped laboratories and PCs with interactive media. You will be assessed in May/June of each year with mock exams in the January of each year. In the first year there will be an internal exam and in the second year there are 3 exams each of 2 hours duration. There is no coursework element but a series of practical investigations will be assessed in order to award a certificate of practical endorsement and to prepare students for questions on experimental techniques in the main exams.

What topics will I study?

Chemistry is divided into distinct disciplines that are assessed in all the written papers across the two years.

Physical Chemistry includes the study of:

  • Atomic structure and periodic trends
  • Amount of substance
  • Bonding and structure
  • Kinetics and equilibria
  • Redox and electrochemistry

Organic Chemistry includes the study of:

  • Alkanes, alkenes, aromatic systems and halogenoalkanes
  • Alcohols, aldehydes and ketones
  • Carboxylic acids and their derivatives
  • Amines, amino acids, proteins and DNA
  • Polymers, mechanisms and organic synthetic methods

Inorganic Chemistry includes the study of:

  • Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
  • Group 7, the halogens
  • Properties of period 3 elements and their oxides
  • Transition metals and their complexes
  • Reactions of ions in aqueous solution

Analytical Chemistry includes the study of:

  • Isomerism and identification of functional group by test tube reactions.
  • Infrared spectroscopy
  • Time of flight mass spectrometry
  • Thin-layer, column and gas chromatography
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

You will:

  • Gain an appreciation of important chemical principles which are fundamental to our understanding of the world
  • Learn how scientists investigate scientific phenomena in their attempts to explain the world
  • Undertake practical work in new well-equipped laboratories
  • Study physical, organic and inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry techniques and chemistry in action

Next steps: You could progress to higher education and then on to careers in chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry, pharmaceuticals, forensic science, medicine and related subjects. A scientific training stands you in good stead for careers in a whole range of occupations, including management.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements: You will need eight GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language (grade 4), and Maths (grade 6).

Subject specific entry requirements: Grade 6 in Chemistry and Biology or Physics or grade 66 in Science.


You will have access to new fully equipped laboratories and PCs with a wealth of information and learning tools on the chemistry intranet as well as access to a learning centre.

Additional Costs

There are some costs of materials and resources.

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

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