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Chemistry is the study of the substances that make both us and the things that surround us. If we did not understand what these substances were or how they work we could not cure diseases, develop new materials or respond to and correct changes in our environment.

Subject Type: A Level
Details of Exam Board: AQA
Entry Requirements:
  • 5 GCSEs, grade 4 or above, including Maths and English. Ideally an Ebacc student, with an average grade profile of 6 or above.
  • All Science modules must be at a Grade 6 or above.
Last three years destinations:
  • Bsc (Hons) Biochemistry at Oxford University
  • BSC (Hons) Pharmacy at Liverpool John Moores University
  • BSc (Hons) Maths and Chemistry at Southampton University

Chemistry begins in the stars. It is magic made science. It is the bridge between the physical and the biological. Chemistry’s origins was alchemy, an attempt to turn other metals into gold (magic). All of the Chemical elements in fact originated in the stars as a result of complex nuclear reactions. There are two main strands in A-Level Chemistry these days Physical Chemistry, heavily mathematical in nature and Organic Chemistry which involves biological compounds

Course Aims

The study of Chemistry provides a sound basis for both science and non-science based degree courses. A good grade in Chemistry A-Level is a requirement of many science degree courses. In itself, the course is a fascinating exploration of how atoms and molecules interact. It is made up of three specific areas, Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry.

In addition the study of chemistry gives you the opportunity to develop a wide range of key skills, including oral and written communication, working in teams, problem-solving and the use of IT. Chemistry is a very challenging subject but it can also be exciting, stimulating and enjoyable.


A good A-Level qualification in Chemistry is highly regarded by employers and Universities because it demonstrates a very wide range of competences, both academic and personal. It is an essential qualification for progression into careers such as Medicine, Veterinary Science, Biomedical Science and Pharmacy. In addition it is desirable for the study of Engineering, Geology, Archaeology, Environmental Science, Dietetics, Nursing and Agriculture.


Assessment takes place at the end of Year 13 Paper 1: Relevant Physical, Inorganic and Practical skills. Written exam: 2 hour; 105 marks; 35% of the A-level Paper 2: Relevant Physical, Organic and Practical skills. Written exam: 2 hours; 105 marks; 35% of the A-level Paper 3: All A-level content will be assessed. Written exam 2 hours; 90 marks; 30% of the A-level


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