A-level Chemistry attempts to answer the big question ‘what is the world made of’ and it’s the search for this answer that makes this subject so fascinating. From investigating how one substance can be changed drastically into another, to researching a new wonder drug to save millions of lives, the opportunities that chemistry provides are endless.
A-level Chemistry lasts two years, with exams at the end of the second year Chemistry, like all sciences, is a practical subject. Throughout the course you will carry out practical activities including: • measuring energy changes in chemical reactions • tests for identifying different types of compound • different methods for measuring rates of reaction • studying electrochemical cells • preparation of organic solids and liquids • an advanced form of chromatography for more accurate results.
Two GCSE 6 grades or above in Science: Grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry plus a Grade 6 in one other Science or 6/6 double science is required. Grade 6 in Mathematics is also required.
With a qualification in Chemistry you could go onto Further or Higher Education, studying Chemistry or one of the other sciences or related subjects, such as Medicine, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science or Chemical Engineering, or work in sciencebased industry, the medical field or agriculture.