If you enjoy Chemistry and want to know more
about how chemicals interact both naturally
and in a laboratory, then Chemistry will appeal
Chemistry is a challenging but rewarding subject
and throughout the two years you will develop many
new skills. A Level Chemistry combines theory with
practical and analytical experience, encouraging
imaginative, critical and logical thinking. You will
have the opportunity to appreciate Chemistry and
its relevance beyond the laboratory.
You will study the AQA specification, studying the
three areas of physical, organic and inorganic
chemistry, with practical work providing an
investigative approach to your learning. There is
a wide range of topics studied, ranging from the
structure of the atom, to how to synthesise organic
chemicals and how to calculate pH. At the end
of year two there are three examinations based on
theory and practical work.
To secure a place at our Post-16 Centre you will need five or more GCSE passes at Grade 5 or above and a minimum of a Grade 4 in both English Language and Mathematics. You will also need a Grade 5 at GCSE (or equivalent vocational qualification) for most subjects you want to study at A Level.
For new subjects not previously studied at GCSE, for example; Government and Politics, Psychology and Sociology you must have achieved a Grade 5 in English Language. To study Psychology you also need a Grade 5 in Mathematics or be willing to study Core Mathematics. Notwithstanding this, if you are applying to study Biology, Chemistry or Physics you must achieve a minimum of Grade 6 in the respective science at GCSE, or at least 6-6 in the Combined Trilogy Course, as well as (for Biology and Chemistry) a Grade 5 or higher in Mathematics or (for Physics) a Grade 6 at GCSE.
For Further Mathematics A Level you will require a Grade 8 at GCSE Mathematics.
Future Study and Career Opportunities
A qualification in Chemistry is highly valued and
is a key subject for many degree courses, such
as Medicine and Biochemistry. An A Level in
Chemistry can directly lead to Higher Education
opportunities in Dentistry, Forensic Science, Food
Sciences, Petroleum Engineering, Meteorology
and Material Technology. Most Biological and
Environmental degrees require Chemistry.
As it requires analytical powers and academic
rigour, Chemistry creates a suitable foundation for
careers in Law, Accountancy and Economics