Why Choose Chemistry A-Level?

Are you interested in how we develop new, high-technology materials, fuels and medicines for the future? Chemistry at A Level is required for a range of careers including medicine, veterinary science, food science, agriculture and chemistry courses including forensic and pharmaceutical science. It is an essential support for any higher level study of Biology and gives extended options to enter chemical engineering with Physics and Maths. The skills learned in Chemistry are valued for entry into many other professions such as business, law and ICT.

Resources and Facilities

Lessons take place in well-equipped laboratories. You will follow a programme of experiments linked to your theoretical work. You will gain many practical skills whilst doing this course. We encourage the use of our virtual learning environment to support your studies outside the classroom. Lessons will often include a range of activities to encourage student participation and understanding.

Teaching and Learning Styles

The course is based on aspects of chemistry important to everyday life and modern contexts are used to deliver chemical principles. There is extensive practical work alongside a diverse range of interactive learning activities. Emphasis is placed on transferring knowledge to tackle unfamiliar problems by practising questions.


The A Level assessment is through three written examinations covering the two year course. It will have a separate endorsement of practical skills.

Extra-Curricular Activities

There will be visits from external speakers that will allow students the opportunity to experience different aspects of chemistry. These include the ‘spectroscopy in a suitcase’ event where students become analytical chemists and identify unknown substances. We encourage students to take part in the chemistry Olympiad run by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Chemistry profile student - Zoe Maiden

Zoe Maiden

Chemistry - Bishop Perowne CE College
I chose to study Chemistry at A Level as it has always been one of my favourite subjects, enabling us to answer challenging and fascinating questions. The balance between practical and theory work keeps the lessons interesting and varied and has prepared me for my future studies by giving me confidence in a range of disciplines. Chemistry has been beneficial in my Biology lessons by enhancing my understanding of biological processes and how they occur. I also study Maths where I have gained strong skills for numerical manipulation and statistical analysis which has been advantageous for understanding and interpreting results in a range of practical experiments. After College, I plan to study Natural Sciences at a Russell Group university.

Progression Opportunities

Most students go on to study a science at university. Many Higher Education courses value the subject for entry. Many students choose Chemistry but many also go on to study Medicine or Biological Sciences.

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification NameMaths GCSE Req.English GCSE Req.Other Req.Desirable QualificationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance on Costs or Commitments
Chemistry64Grade 6 or above in Combined Science or grade 6 or above in GCSE Chemistry and another science.Chemistry students not studying A Level Mathematics will normally be expected to attend a weekly Mathematics for Science support course. Average GCSE score of 5.5Willingness to participate in practical work and lecture visits.

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