Why study A Level Chemistry?

Chemistry underpins and helps explain the world around us. It is at the forefront of many topical and important issues such as nanotechnology and is seen as a prestigious A Level by many universities, being listed as a preferred subject for entry to Oxbridge courses.

There are many science-related opportunities including Medicine, Pharmacology and Veterinary Sciences, as well as non-science related courses such as Law and Accountancy.

How will I be assessed?

After the second year of study there will be three written papers with weightings of 35%, 35% and 30%. These will cover the full course content as well as experiment techniques encountered during a minimum of twelve ‘required practicals’.

Practical skills are assessed during the course and are given a pass/fail status; this does not count towards the final grade. Practical work must be kept in a Laboratory Book.


Students who have followed Combined Science need a minimum of two Grade 6s at GCSE. Students who have studied Triple Science also must have achieved a Grade 6 (one of which must be in Chemistry) and a Grade 6 in another science. The nature of the course includes a strong mathematical element, so a minimum of a Higher Paper Grade 5 (or preferably a Grade 6) in Mathematics is also required.

What skills will I gain from studying Chemistry?

  • A capacity for calculating, computing and applying formulae
  • Able to assemble and assess data
  • Able to develop ideas, gather information, analyse, evaluate and deduce
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team to achieve results
  • Able to meet deadlines

What else do I need?

You will need to purchase two A4 hard backed lined Laboratory Books (not spiral bound). These are available at a discount price from the LRC or you may purchase your own.

Where can Chemistry lead?

  • Petrochemical Industry
  • Dentistry
  • Veterinary Science
  • Pharmacy
  • Medicine
  • Food Science
  • Environmental work
  • Biochemistry
  • Law
  • Accountancy
  • IT
  • Engineering
  • Architecture

What will I study?

The course covers Physical, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry as well as Practical Work that is assessed throughout the course.

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