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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. The clothes we wear, the homes in which we live and the cars that we drive would not exist without chemists.

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.

Entry Requirements

Ideally an EBACC student with average GCSE profile of grade 6 and all Science modules at grade 6 or better.


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.

Awarding Body

AQA A-level Chemistry. This is a level 3 qualification.


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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