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A-Level Chemistry

A-Level Chemistry

Ever wondered why does ice float? How does aspirin stop pain in your body? Can you turn lead into gold?

The study of chemistry in the sixth-form is form is for any one who wants an exciting insight into the con- temporary world of chemistry. It covers the key concepts of chemistry and practical skills are integrated throughout the course. You will learn about the impact of chemical research and how it links to everyday life. You will learn to apply your knowledge, investigate and solve problems in a range of contexts.

What are the benefits of studying chemistry?

It’s an interesting and challenging learning experience, linking key chemical ideas and understanding how they relate to each other.

• It develops transferable skills including: investigative, problem solving, research, decision making, mathematical skills and analytical skills.

• Opens up a range of possibilities for further study and careers associated with the subject.

The course is taught over two years at the end of which you will sit a total of six hours assessment split over three examination papers (2 x 2 hours 15 minutes and 1 x 1 hour 30 minutes) . Each paper contains a wide range of question types including: multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions. You will be expected to demonstrate your knowledge of both theory and practical skills through the examinations.


Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry

Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry

Module 3 – Periodic Table and energy

Module 4 – Core organic chemistry

Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition metals

Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis

5x A*- C including English and Maths and B grades or above if the subject has been studied at GCSE

A Level Chemistry is an excellent base for a university degree in healthcare, such as medicine, veterinary or dentistry, as well as the chemical sciences, such as pharmacology, biochemistry, analytical chemistry or forensic science. Chemistry can also complement a number of arts subjects.

A Level Chemistry can open up a range of career opportunities including chemical, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries and in areas such as forensics, environmental protection and healthcare. The transferable skills you will learn, such as problem solving, are also useful for many other areas, such as law.