From the moment you are born, you are surrounded by chemistry – the air you breathe, the food you eat and the clothes you wear. Chemistry is the study of substances: what they are made of, how they interact with each other and the role they play in living things. From research in space to the depths of the oceans, chemistry helps you understand the world around you. Chemistry also forms the basis of other related subjects such as: • environmental chemistry – understanding and solving challenges such as climate change, pollution or waste management on a molecular level • materials chemistry – looking at the chemical structure of materials and using this knowledge to develop the materials of the future • chemical engineering – producing chemical products on an industrial scale • biological sciences – such as biochemistry, molecular biology and pharmacology (For the latest information check out the Royal Society of Chemistry’s chemistry careers website, A Future in Chemistry: rsc.li/future)
Minimum of 5 GCSE’s Grades A-C including at least a B grade in Mathematics (usually Higher Tier), BB in double award science or BBB triple science.
In the second year, there are three units: A2 UNIT 3 PHYSICAL AND INORGANIC CHEMISTRY where you will learn about acids and bases, REDOX reactions, the periodic table, measuring the rate of chemical reactions and the chemistry of colour. A2 UNIT 4 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY AND ANALYSIS where you will learn about organic chemistry, synthesis of organic molecules and identification/analysis techniques. A2 UNIT 5 PRACTICAL EXAM is where your practical skills and understanding are assessed.
A2 Practical Exam (3 hours + 1 hour)
Chemistry A Level is an essential requirement for many career options. People who study chemistry can access a wide range of further education courses/job opportunities that include Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Biological/Biomedical Sciences, Forensic Science, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Physical Sciences and Geology.
01 August 2024 - 31 July 2025