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Mode of study Academic A Level
Duration 2 Years
Campus Welsh Bridge Campus
Start date September 2021
Course code CHE-AL (2123)

  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of five GCSEs at grades 4 or above, including English Language and grade 5+ in Chemistry and one other science, or 5+ in Combined Science, with grade 5+ in Maths.

  • What does the course involve?

    Why is copper sulphate blue? Why does ice float on water? If you want to be able to explain things like this, and to learn more about the fascinating and varied world of the elements, then Chemistry is the course for you. Chemistry is the science of materials. It is about gases, liquids and solids; how they interact and how they may be made. Think about plastics, pesticides and drugs; fireworks, fuels and explosives. Chemistry is, literally, everywhere. A qualification in Chemistry is challenging to study, highly valued and leads to a wide variety of careers. If you are undecided about your future, many options are kept open by studying Chemistry.

    Year 1

    • Foundations in Chemistry
    • Periodic Table and Energy
    • Core Organic Chemistry
    • Practical Skills in Chemistry

    Year 2

    • Physical Chemistry and the Transition Elements
    • Organic Chemistry and Analysis
    • Practical Skills in Chemistry

    It is recommended that you have followed higher tier maths as the mathematical demand is high and within A Level Chemistry 20% of the marks available for written examinations will be for assessing mathematics. This includes skills such as changing the subject of an equation, logarithmic functions, graphical analysis including calculating tangents to curves and visualising 3D shapes.

  • How is the course assessed?

    Three exams at the end of the 2 year course. Practical Endorsement in Chemistry. This is a non-exam assessment that involves keeping a folder of evidence of practical work carried out over the two years of the course to provide evidence of a range of practical skills.

  • Additional Notes

    Typically 95% progress to a wide variety of HE courses, including degrees in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Medicine and Pharmacy.

  • Further Information

    Support is provided for those interested in applying for Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry or Biomedical degrees including: expert speakers: UCAS admissions support: UKCAT / BMAT preparation advice: university visits and work experience.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button and then add an additional 2 or 3 subjects to make up your academic programme. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 260401 or email:

Thomas Blenkinsop

Thomas Blenkinsop

A Level Chemistry (Biology, Mathematics, Further Mathmatics)
Previous Institution: Corbet School

The College has a brilliant reputation and creates a lot of future Russell Group students. Having the opportunity to take part in the Royal Chemistry Society’s Schools’ Analyst Competition was a useful experience and the support systemat College is great - you can email your teachers whenever you need their help. I would like to study Biochemistry in 2020, so I will spend my next year improving my knowledge through work experience and researching the best suited university for my needs.

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