Exam Board: AQA

Chemistry is all around us and an understanding of the subject can help to answer many simple questions about everyday life. Chemistry is connected to the physical sciences, like Maths and Physics as well as applied sciences such as Biology, Medicine and Engineering. It is also partners well with other subjects such as Geography and Art. A Level Chemistry is a very desirable trait and a highly respected qualification to have in academic circles.

In the first year of the course, you will build on your knowledge from GCSE but also develop a clear foundational introduction to this higher-level study. You will learn about physical, inorganic and organic chemistry as well as undertaking a series of practical sessions. During year 2 of the course, you will study the subject in more depth covering topics such as thermodynamics, rate equations, aromatic chemistry, medicine and protein synthesis. There will be further opportunity to develop your practical skills and learn how to problem solve and interpret data through practical work.


3 exams (2 hours each)

Paper 1 –105 marks of short/long answer questions

Paper 2 – 105 marks of short/long answer questions

Paper 3 – 40 marks of questions on practical techniques and data analysis, 20 marks of questions testing across the specification and 30 marks of multiple-choice answer questions


Our general entry requirements are that you will need a minimum of five Grade 5s or above in your GCSEs to study A-Levels including Maths & English.

To study A Level Chemistry you will need to achieve a grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry or if you have studied the combined paper, you will need to have achieved a 6,5 with the 6 in the Chemistry papers.