Careers start here.

Your Study Options

About the course

A Level Chemistry builds upon the knowledge gained at GCSE but explores it much further. It is a demanding and hugely rewarding subject that encourages deep learning and develops higher-order skills. This course covers a wide range of chemistry topics that build from the basics of formulae writing, calculating chemical quantities and atomic structure. We examine the application of these core principles, in the context of intermediate bonding and the effects of intermolecular forces and redox reactions, organic chemistry, equilibria, transition metals and organic nitrogen chemistry. This conceptual learning is underpinned by practical skills.

Entry requirements

A minimum score of 5 from 7 GCSEs to include English, Maths, and science along with four other GCSE grades or equivalent (not including short courses or Citizenship). See Subject Requirements Guide for details.

GCSE Core and Additional Science at grade 6 or above and GCSE Maths at score of 6 or above. If doing triple science, Chemistry and one other science at score of 6 or above and GCSE Maths at score of 6 or above.

How much does it cost?

Free to those aged 16-18

There is a range of financial support that you may be entitled to, including: Learner Support funds, grants and bursaries and employer support.

You will be expected to pay for stationery and textbooks

Awarding body


Why study?

A Level Chemistry builds upon the knowledge gained at GCSE but explores it much further. There is a greater level of mathematical content and it overlaps with some topics taught in physics.

By taking chemistry you develop some very useful skills that can be applied outside of the subject discipline; these include problem solving, numeracy, practical skills as well as developing a broad scientific background. As a result it's a highly respected and useful qualification for higher education and employment in a wide range of areas.

Where will this course take me?

Many Chemistry students progress onto an undergraduate degree in Chemistry or a Chemistry related subject such as biochemistry, pharmacy, environmental health, environmental monitoring, and geology. Degrees such as Medicine or Veterinary Science require A Level Chemistry. There is a wide range of employment opportunities in laboratory or related work.

Core modules

Overview of content (AS content consists of topics 1 – 10)

  • Topic 1: Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table
  • Topic 2: Bonding and Structure
  • Topic 3: Redox I
  • Topic 4: Inorganic Chemistry and the Periodic Table
  • Topic 5: Formulae, Equations and Amounts of substance
  • Topic 6: Organic Chemistry I
  • Topic 7: Modern Analytical Techniques I
  • Topic 8: Energetics I
  • Topic 9: Kinetics I
  • Topic 10: Equilibrium I
  • Topic 11: Equilibrium II
  • Topic 12: Acid-base Equilibria
  • Topic 13: Energetics II
  • Topic 14: Redox II
  • Topic 15: Transition Metals
  • Topic 16: Kinetics II
  • Topic 17: Organic Chemistry II
  • Topic 18: Organic Chemistry III
  • Topic 19: Modern Analytical Techniques II

How will I be assessed?

The A Level consists of three externally examined papers: Paper 1: Advanced Inorganic and Physical Chemistry (1 hour and 45 minutes), Paper 2: Advanced Organic and Physical Chemistry (1 hour and 45 minutes) and Paper 3: General and Practical Principles in Chemistry (2 hours and 30 minutes). Students are also expected to carry out the sixteen core practical experiments that will lead to the Science Practical Endorsement.

Will I have to provide anything?

Paper, pens, folder and calculator are needed, along with course texts and revision guides. A memory stick for saving work is advisable.

Lab coats and other protective wear for experiments will be provided by the college.

What should I do now?

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
Ask Us a question about this course

Funding Your Course

If you're aged 19 or over and you want to study A Levels, an Access to Higher Education Diploma, or a Level 3 to 6 Vocational Qualification, you could be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.