Course Leader:

Mr H Groves –

Exam board: AQA
Guidance: Grade 6 in GCSE chemistry or 66 in combined science, and a grade 6 in maths
Course Start Date: 09/2024
Course length: 2 Years
Course description

Chemistry is the central science, having links with biology, physics, geology and food. Choosing chemistry gives you the opportunity to develop your imagination, encourage your thinking and expand your understanding of the atoms and molecules that make up our world.

The AQA course is a complete package and involves plenty of laboratory work. It is important to find the patterns that explain the observations that are made. Chemistry is one of the most challenging courses you can take at A-level. It is however incredibly rewarding and whether or not you are successful at it, one thing is certain: It will improve your problem-solving skills.

Course units

In year 1, the course includes:
• Inorganic chemistry (including metals)
• Organic chemistry (fuels, drugs and medicine)
• Physical chemistry (energy changes and electro-chemistry).
In year 2, we take these ideas and develop them further to allow you to apply your knowledge. Some applications students will experience first-hand include making Aspirin and making chemical batteries.


There are 3 exam papers for this course at A2. The exam papers include questions about required practicals.
Paper 1 – Physical & inorganic Chemistry (This counts for 35% of the A-level)
Paper 2 – Organic Chemistry (This counts for 35% of the A-level)
Paper 3 – Any Content/ Practical Skills (This counts for 30% of the A-level)

What can I do with this qualification?

A level chemistry is a good choice for students considering careers in the engineering, health and clinical professions, including chemical engineering, medicine, veterinary science, nursing, dentistry and forensic science. Studying chemistry will also prepare students for industry careers, such as those within the pharmaceutical or petrochemical sectors.

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