A Level Chemistry

A Level Chemistry

SUBJECT LEADER

Mrs Y Haymonds

EXAM BOARD

AQA

SPECIFICATION LINK

A Level Chemistry

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Grade 7 in GCSE Chemistry or 7-7 in GCSE combined Science, plus a 6 in GCSE Maths. Students achieving a Grade 6 in Chemistry / Science will be considered for this course, but must first discuss their place with the Head of Science

Why choose A Level Chemistry?

Chemistry is an exciting, highly rewarding and versatile A-level, which helps explain the world around us. A-level Chemistry helps you understand the manufacturing process of many products you use, as well as looking in more detail at the smaller things in life, such as the nature of atoms and bonds. The chance to discover a new drug to fight a disease, or the opportunity to develop a new material that will have worldwide usage are just two things that people with a background in Chemistry could achieve in the future.

The three key areas of Chemistry are all studied: Organic Chemistry (the study of molecules and reactions containing carbon), Inorganic Chemistry (the study of molecules and reactions not involving carbon) and Physical Chemistry (the study of kinetics and energy changes in reactions). The course is highly mathematical, in particular, Physical Chemistry. Although very useful, you do not need to take maths A level to succeed at Chemistry. However, a mathematical aptitude and confidence with the subject are essential. The course is taught as a blend of theory work and practical work, which helps reinforce concepts and gives you the chance to apply your knowledge.

How you will be assessed in A Level Chemistry:

The A level course is assessed by three 2 hour papers, which incorporate assessment of practical techniques and include a mix of short and longer answer questions.

Additional Information

A level Chemistry is a demanding and highly academic course and is only suitable for students who have a true passion for the subject and have the required abilities. Chemistry is a very highly regarded A level by universities and is a preferred subject for numerous university degrees.