A Level

Course Overview

Chemistry is the branch of science concerned with the substances of which matter is composed, the investigation of their properties and reactions, and the use of such reactions to form new substances.



You will learn about organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, and how these three branches fit together in the world around us.

You will also develop many skills which are highly valued by a wide range of employers, including problem solving, data analysis, numeracy and communications.


5 GCSE grades 9 to 4 including grade 6 in Maths, grade 6 in Double Science or grade 6 in Chemistry.


Atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, periodicity, group 2 and 7, redox, energetics, kinetics, equilibria and an introduction to organic chemistry including alkanes, halogenoalkanes, alkenes, alcohols and analytical techniques.


Thermodynamics, rate equations, Kp, electrode potentials and electrochemical cells, acids and bases, period 3, transition metals and further organic chemistry including aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, aromatic compounds, amines, polymers, amino acids, proteins, DNA, organic synthesis and further analytical techniques.

Higher Education to further develop your specific Chemistry skills and interests.

Careers include: Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Chemical Engineering, Pharmacy and Biochemistry.


  • Paper 1 : Inorganic and physical chemistry (50%)
  • Paper 2 : Organic and physical chemistry (50%)


  • Paper 1: Inorganic and physical chemistry (35%)
  • Paper 2: Organic and physical chemistry (35%)
  • Paper 3: All content including 30 multiple choice questions (30%)

Practical endorsement

You will complete 6 required practicals each year to develop a range of skills and build up a file of evidence. You will be questioned on these practicals in the external exams.

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