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 CHMAY21
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 are unlikely to 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 ‘story lines’ 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 story lines you will develop your understanding of fundamental chemical ideas about bonding, structure, electron 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, the Chemistry Olympiad and give you regular opportunities to use our excellent Chemistry labs to carry out your own experiments.


Year 1

Your course will begin by looking at the chemistry of elements and an introduction to organic chemistry. You will learn key concepts through studying topics like the extraction of halogens from seawater, atmospheric chemistry and the synthesis and analysis of medicines. 

Year 2 

You will study the chemical industry, gaining an understanding of 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. You will also investigate the origin of colour and understand dye molecules.

How will it be delivered?

100% exam.

Entry requirements

At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4 including GCSE English. 

Grade 6 in higher tier GCSE Maths. 

Grade 6,6, in higher tier GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science. 

Grade 6 in at least two GCSE Sciences, including Chemistry, if studied separately.

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.