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Chemistry A Level

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title GCE A Level in Chemistry B (Salters)
Code CHMAY20
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Take on a challenging and fascinating subject that will change your view of the world and materials by introducing you to concepts and ideas that you may not have considered before. You will find yourself simultaneously thinking about the incredibly small scale of atoms, nuclei and bonds and the extraordinarily large number of atoms in a single drop of water.

With a central place in science, chemistry overlaps with both biology and physics and is an essential requirement for many careers such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary science and engineering. The skills in logical thinking and mathematics you will develop are also highly valued by an extensive range of industries such as law, finance and business.

You will study 10 diverse 'storylines' including ozone depletion in the upper atmosphere, the causes of colour, designing drug molecules, the origin of elements by fusion in stars, practical synthesis of medicines and the structures and energy changes involved in fuel combustion. As you study these storylines you will develop your understanding of fundamental chemical ideas about bonding, structure, election arrangements, energy changes, pH, solubility, molecular shape and the feasibility of reactions.

We will encourage and support you to take part in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge, and the Chemistry Olympiad, and we'll give you regular opportunities to use our excellent Chemistry labs to carry out your own experiments.


Whether it is agriculture, medicine, drug design or forensic science that interest you, our course allows you to study the necessary chemical theories and develop appropriate practical skills. If you really want to understand the modern world, if you are inquisitive about what substances are made of, if you enjoy experimental work and can visualise things on a microscopic level, then Chemistry is a subject you should consider carefully.

  • Year 1: You will begin by looking at the chemistry of elements and an introduction to organic chemistry. You will also study the techniques used by chemists and cover the extraction of halogen elements from seawater, redox reactions and atmospheric chemistry, with particular focus on ozone.

  • Year 2: You will study the chemical industry, gaining an understanding of chemical equilibria, kinetics, and nitrogen chemistry. You will learn about the structure of proteins, DNA and RNA from a chemical perspective. You will study important physical chemistry in the context of the oceans; calculating pH, buffer solutions, solubility and entropy.  

The content is delivered in ten “chemical storylines” which highlight the relevance of theoretical chemistry to industry, the environment, medicine and current research. We encourage a wider interest in chemistry through enrichment activities and offer the opportunity to study an extended project qualification. 

How will it be delivered?

The course is assessed by three examinations in the second year, one of which includes a pre-released article linked to one section of the course content. 

Entry requirements

At least 7 GCSEs at grade 4 in a range of subjects including English. A minimum GCSE grade 6 in maths and at least two single sciences is required, including chemistry.

Your next steps...

Chemistry opens the door to a wide range of degree courses and careers: chemical research, pharmaceuticals, medicine, food sciences, forensic science, environmental health and engineering.

In recent years many of our students have gone on to BSc or MSci courses in chemistry, biochemistry environmental science, natural sciences, dietetics and pharmaceutical sciences. Students have also joined degree-level apprenticeships with local companies. 



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