Course: Chemistry A-Level

Study Level

Level 3

Course Code

Chemistry A-Level


Sixth Form College


2 Years



Have you ever wondered… Why does ice float? Why do people put salt on icy roads? Why do onions make you cry? Can you turn lead into gold?

A Level Chemistry will give you an exciting insight into the contemporary world of chemistry, cover the key concepts of chemistry and practical skills are integrated throughout the course. Learn about chemistry in a range of different contexts and the impact it has on industry and many aspects of everyday life. Investigate and solve problems in a range of contexts.

Topics include:

  • Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations
  • Acid-base and redox reactions / pH and buffers
  • Electrons, bonding and structure
  • The period table and periodity /Polymers
  • Reaction rates and equilibrium / Transition elements
  • Organic chemistry / Organic synthesis
  • Chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR)

Emphasis throughout the course is on developing knowledge, competence and confidence in practical skills and problem solving. Discover how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

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You will be working in laboratories with excellent facilities and equipment. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities to assist career choices.


You will need to meet the standard college entry criteria for A Level courses. Additional subject entry criteria: To take Chemistry alongside other A Level courses, you need to meet standard College entry criteria and will need a minimum B (6) in Maths and a B in Science (core) and a B in Additional Science or GCSE Chemistry. To follow a Science A level Programme, one that includes any two of these courses: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, you will need an average GCSE score of 5.5 plus a minimum B (6) in Maths and a B in Science (Core) and B in Additional Science (or B in GCSE Biology/Chemistry/Physics.)


A Level Chemistry is an excellent base for a university degree in healthcare such as medicine, pharmacy and dentistry as well as the biological sciences, physics, mathematics, pharmacology and analytical chemistry. Chemistry is also taken by many law applicants as it shows you can cope with difficult concepts; it can also complement a number of arts subjects. Career opportunities including chemical, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries and in areas such as forensics, environmental protection and healthcare. The problem-solving skills are useful for many other areas, too, such as law and finance.

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