Chemistry A-Level

During this Chemistry A-Level, we'll look at some of the smallest electrons and atoms and work our way up to large scale industrial production and high impact topics such as recycling and drug design.




Level 3

Course Type

16 +


A Level


Options Course Code Starts Ends
apply 03111y1 09/09/24 19/06/26

What will I study?

During this two-year course, you will develop your understanding of how science works in a laboratory and in the world outside.

In the first year, you will study the fundamentals of atomic structure and reactions, discovering how they affect the world we live in, our shape and size, and how we feel on a given day. You will look more closely at patterns in reactivity, and the fundamentals of organic chemistry.

In the second year, you will further expand on these topics to cover energetic reactions, patterns and reactions in transition metals and organic chemistry functional groups from an analytical approach.

You will also sharpen your analytical skills while completing experiments.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?

A GCSE grade 5 in Maths, Combined Science 66 or Chemistry grade 6.

How will I be assessed?

You will complete regular assessments throughout the course in the form of assignments and termly assessments. You will be formally assessed at the end of the second year, with three two-hour papers covering the whole of the course. Paper one will focus on relevant physical chemistry topics, inorganic chemistry and relevant practical skills. Paper two will focus on relevant physical chemistry topics, organic chemistry and relevant practical skills. Finally, paper three will test your knowledge of all content and practical skills.

What qualification will I achieve?

Once you have completed this course, you will achieve an A-Level in Chemistry, awarded by AQA.

What can I do after completing this course?

Once you have completed this course, you will be able to progress to a wide variety of degree courses at university. Medicine, Veterinary, Dentistry, Chemistry, Engineering and Forensics are typical, but Art Restoration, Archaeology, Science Writing, and Education are a few other options available to you.

Are there any extra costs?

You will need a textbook to help with your studies. You can buy individual textbooks for each year of the course or choose a two-year textbook, which is much more cost-effective.

Additional Info

Chemistry is a demanding subject with a high workload, so we recommend that you are highly motivated, determined and hard-working. We also suggest that you devote at least four hours of study outside of class to review concepts and keep your notes organised.