Sixth Form‎ > ‎Course Information‎ > ‎

Chemistry A-Level

Aims of the Subject

This course aims to prepare students for study of Chemistry and other Science-related courses such as medicine or pharmacy in Higher Education. It also allows students to develop skills such as problem solving, data analysis, practical skills and evaluation, which are invaluable for both further study and future employment in a large range of industries. 

Course Description

Offering clear skills progression from GCSE, this course allows students to build on the skills already gained and prepare for their next steps. You will study topics such as the periodic table, atomic structure, organic chemistry, transition elements and reaction rates in addition to developing an extensive range of practical skills.


AS Assessment
Unit No Description % of AS Duration
Paper 1 Breadth in Chemistry 50 1 ½ hours
Paper 2 Depth in Chemistry 50 1 ½ hours

A2 Assessment
Unit No Description % of A2 Duration
Paper 1 Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry 37 2 ¼ hours 
Paper 2 Synthesis and analytical techniques 37 2 ¼  hours
Paper 3 Unified Chemistry 26 1 ½ hours 
Non-exam Practical endorsement for chemistry 0 (Pass/Fail) -

Course Entry Requirements

B grades in Science and Additional Science GCSE
B grade in Mathematics GCSE
5 A* - C grades at GCSE including English 

Additional information including study requirements

Information on Summer Prep will be given at the Taster Day.

Career Progression

Studying A2 Chemistry will help you get ahead in most STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) careers.  Chemistry is an important subject for careers in: medicine, environmental science, engineering, toxicology, developing consumer products, metallurgy (studying how metals behave), space exploration, developing perfumes and cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, energy, teaching, science writing, software development and research.