One-year AS/two-year A-level
Chemistry impacts all facets of our lives. We all experience chemical reactions, whether breathing, baking a cake, driving a car or using a mobile phone. It is concerned with all aspects of molecules, their physical and chemical properties, their composition and structure, their synthesis and use in the 21st century.
A-level: two years
You will need to have achieved a minimum of five GCSEs grade A*-C in academic subjects, averaging a grade B. These must include English, Mathematics and either GCSE Chemistry A, BB minimum in Core and Additional Science, or BBB minimum in Triple Science. If you are studying GCSE Applied Science or Level 2 BTEC Science, you will not be able to take Science A-levels, but could study on the Level 3 BTEC in Medical Science (Applied Science) or Level 3 BTEC in Forensic Science (Applied Science).
What will I study?
The AS-level course will focus on:
- foundations in Chemistry
- periodic table and energy
- Organic Chemistry and analysis
- Physical Chemistry and transition elements
On the course you will:
- complete an assignment that links GCSE and AS-level, to ensure you have the necessary basic understanding
- developing your practical skills within an academic laboratory
- attend lectures and conferences.
Chemistry is a challenging A-level subject, and if you hope to study it, you will need to demonstrate a strong academic ability.
Method of assessment
Units are internally assessed practicals and written exams.
What will I be able to progress to?
Studying chemistry will provide you with an important foundation for science-based degree courses and careers. It will also equip you with transferable skills that will enable you to progress to other subjects. If you wish to study Studying Chemistry will provide you with an important foundation for Science-based degree courses and careers. It will also equip you with transferable skills that will enable you to progress to other subjects.
If you wish to study Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Physiotherapy or other Medicine-related degrees at university, you will need a high grade at A-level Chemistry.