This course builds on the understanding you will have gained through studying chemistry separately or as part of Combined Sciences route at GCSE level. A Level Chemistry also develops students’ mathematical abilities. The course content comprises both theoretical and a practical learning. A series of core practical activities provide the assessment vehicle for the related exam questions.
Overview of units
The Year 12 units include:
Atomic structure and periodic table
Bonding and structure; Redox reactions
Inorganic chemistry and the periodic table
Formulae, equations and quantities
The Year 13 units include:
Bonding and structure (ii)
Modern analytical techniques
To apply for this course, you should have gained at least a Level 6 grade across a minimum of 5 GCSE subjects (which must include Mathematics and Combined/Separate Sciences).
You will be assessed through sitting three examination papers (two taking 1 hour and 45 minutes and one taking 2 hours and 30 minutes). These papers will test both practical and mathematical skills.
Where you can go next
Gaining an A Level in Chemistry can lead to a wide range of apprenticeships or university-level study in a sciences subject. It can also open up possibilities to a range of careers, including in scientific and technical employment areas.