A Level Chemistry

About the course

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:

  • Formulae (ii)
  • Bonding and structure (ii)
  • Organic chemistry
  • Modern analytical techniques
  • Energetics
  • Reaction kinetics
  • Chemical Equilibria

Entry requirements

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.

Information from the examination body

Full details of this course can be found at the Pearson website.

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