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Title: Chemistry

Type: A Level

Entry Requirements: Standard entry requirements plus a minimum of a grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry or Combined Science.

Course Length: 2 Years

Curriculum Outline: Key Stage 5


As one of the three main branches of science, the impact of chemistry is wide-reaching and impressive. Through chemistry we have made great discoveries, such as penicillin and pasteurisation, and made the modern world possible with inventions including plastic and lithium-ion batteries.

Chemistry plays a role in almost every action on earth, and in every object we touch. It's the study of substances, and their composition, structure, and properties.

If you're naturally curious, the type of person who questions why things are and how they work, and also have a love of numbers and analysis, chemistry is the subject for you!

What will I study

The specification content is divided into five teaching modules and each module is further divided into key topics, with practical skills woven throughout.

  • Module 2 - foundations in chemistry
  • Module 3 - periodic table and energy
  • Module 4 - core organic chemistry
  • Module 5 - physical chemistry and the transition metals
  • Module 6 - organic chemistry and analysis

How will I be assessed?

This is a two year course with all exams taking place at the end of Year 13.

Assessment Overview

Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (01)
100 marks
2 hour 15 minutes written paper
37% of total mark

Synthesis and analytical techniques (02)
100 marks
2 hour 15 minutes written paper
37% of total mark

Unified chemistry (03)
70 marks
1 hour 30 minutes written paper
26% of total mark

Where can chemistry lead?

Studying chemistry will open doors you may not have even thought of. You can continue your career in a science-related discipline, or you can use the skills you learn in a different field. Students who take chemistry are considered thinkers, who can work with large amounts of information to make the best, measured decisions.

Chemistry will open the doors to countless careers and people who have studied chemistry are employed in many sectors, including medicine, research, manufacturing and education.

Students who study chemistry have a higher employment rate than students of other subjects, and they tend to be paid more too - up to 15 percent higher in some cases!

Common career choices for chemistry students are:

  • Analytical chemist
  • Medicinal chemist
  • Production chemist
  • Research chemist
  • Environmental scientist
Chemistry students, through further study, often move into careers such as:
  • Pharmacology
  • Chemical engineering
  • Biochemistry
The skills you will develop also make you highly employable for roles in:
  • Forensics
  • Ecology
  • Law
  • Food science

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