Study option                                   Exam board                         Specification code

A Level two-year course                AQA                                                       7405

Why choose chemistry?

Chemistry is suitable for entry into a wide range of professions and success in this subject demonstrates strong intellectual and analytical ability.

Where can it lead?

Studying chemistry will help if you are intending to study sciences at university. It is essential for medicine, pharmacy and environmental science.

Chemistry at this level can be demanding but we are proud of our 100% success rate. It is preferable that you have achieved at least B in GCSE science and C in mathematics in order to study chemistry at A Level.

What and how will I study?

With a mix of laboratory practical and theoretical teaching, the course covers a range of fascinating and challenging topics within the following units:

The first year of A Level:

  • Physical chemistry

You will learn about the structure of the atom, the importance of atomic masses, formulae and equations, chemical calculations, chemical bonding and structure, energetics, redox, equilibria and kinetics.

  • Inorganic chemistry

You will learn about periodicity and the trends and patterns in the periodic table, the elements in group 2 and the elements in group 7.

  • Organic chemistry

You will learn about the properties and reactions of alkanes, halogenoalkanes, alkenes, alcohols and the analysis of organic compounds.

The second year of A Level:

  • Physical chemistry

You will study thermodynamics, rate equations, equilibrium constants for homogeneous systems, electrode potentials, electrochemical cells, acids and bases.

  • Inorganic chemistry

You will study the properties of the period 3 elements and their oxides, transition metal chemistry and the reactions of ions in aqueous solution.

  • Organic chemistry

You will study optical isomerism, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, aromatic chemistry, amines, polymers, amino acids, proteins and DNA, organic synthesis and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

How will I be assessed?

There will be six hours of examinations in May/June in your second year to assess the A Level (three two-hour papers). Your practical skills will be assessed through questions on the examination papers. The material assessed will be the content from the two years of A Level study.

Are there any specific entry requirements?

It is preferable that you have achieved at least a B in GCSE science and a C in mathematics in order to study this subject at A Level.