Chemistry is a fascinating subject that is made up of many different elements. Chemistry challenges you to think logically and solve problems. The practical work is exciting and has taught me new skills and techniques.

Kiyan Saleh

Kiyan Saleh

Course Description

Chemistry is concerned with the science of matter, particularly its structure, properties and reactions. Chemistry is of central importance to the sciences as a whole. The chemistry course will enable students to acquire a number of transferable skills such as; logical thinking, analytical problem solving and a wide range of practical skills and techniques.

Entry Requirements

Achieve 5 or more standard GCSE passes or higher (grade 4 or higher).
Achieve two grade 6’s or higher in combined GCSE Science or a grade 6 or higher in GCSE Chemistry.

Course Content

3.1 Physical Chemistry
Atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics, chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s principle. Thermodynamics, rate equations, equilibrium constant for homogeneous systems, electrode potentials and electrochemical cells, acids, bases and buffers.

3.2 Inorganic Chemistry
Periodicity, Group 2 and Group 7. Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides, transition metals, reactions of ions in aqueous solutions.

3.3 Organic Chemistry
Introduction to organic chemistry, alkanes, halogenoalkanes, alkenes, alcohols and organic analysis. Optical isomerism, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, aromatic chemistry, amines, polymers, amino acids, proteins and DNA, organic synthesis, NMR spectroscopy and chromatography.


Students will sit three two-hour written exam papers. The content, assessment and questions differ for these papers; please see the information below for more detail.

Paper 1:
Written exam: 2 hours
105 marks – a mixture of short and long answer questions
35% of A Level

Paper 2:
Written exam: 2 hours
105 marks – a mixture of short and long answer questions
35% of A Level

Paper 3:
Written exam: 2 hours
90 marks: 40 marks – structured questions, including practical techniques; 20 marks – testing across the specification; 30 marks – multiple choice questions
30% of A Level

Future Opportunities

Chemistry is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, nursing, biochemistry, dentistry
or forensic science. It will also equip participants for a future career in industry, for example the petrochemical or pharmaceutical industries.

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