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Chemistry A Level

A level Chemistry explores the ways that molecules, atoms and ions react and how those reactions affect our life. There are 3 areas of Chemistry-organic which deal with how carbon compounds interact.


These carbons have been associated with life at some point. Inorganic chemistry looks at the reactions of the Periodic table. Physical chemistry looks at the physical properties of Chemicals.


A level students will study a two year linear A Level programme. At the end of their 1st year, students will sit internally assessed exams.


Exam Board: AQA



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  • What will I study and learn?

    Subject content:

    Subject content

    3.1 Physical chemistry
    3.1.1 Atomic structure
    3.1.2 Amount of substance
    3.1.3 Bonding
    3.1.4 Energetics
    3.1.5 Kinetics
    3.1.6 Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc
    3.1.7 Oxidation, reduction and redox equations
    3.1.8 Thermodynamics
    3.1.9 Rate equations
    3.1.10 Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems
    3.1.11 Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells
    3.1.12 Acids and bases
    3.2 Inorganic chemistry
    3.2.1 Periodicity
    3.2.2 Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
    3.2.3 Group 7(17), the halogens
    3.2.4 Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides
    3.2.5 Transition metals
    3.2.6 Reactions of ions in aqueous solution
    3.3 Organic chemistry
    3.3.1 Introduction to organic chemistry
    3.3.2 Alkanes
    3.3.3 Halogenoalkanes
    3.3.4 Alkenes
    3.3.5 Alcohols
    3.3.6 Organic analysis
    3.3.7 Optical isomerism
    3.3.8 Aldehydes and ketones
    3.3.9 Carboxylic acids and derivatives
    3.3.10 Aromatic chemistry
    3.3.11 Amines
    3.3.12 Polymers
    3.3.13 Amino acids, proteins and DNA
    3.3.14 Organic synthesis
    3.3.15 Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
    3.3.16 Chromatography

  • How is the course assessed?

    100% Examination which includes:

    Paper 1

    What's assessed

    • Relevant physical chemistry topics (sections 3.1.1 to 3.1.4, 3.1.6 to 3.1.8 and 3.1.10 to 3.1.12)
    • Inorganic chemistry (section 3.2)
    • Relevant practical skills


    • Written exam: 2 hours
    • 105 marks
    • 35% of A level


    • 105 marks of short and long answer questions

    Paper 2

    What's assessed

    • Relevant physical chemistry topics (sections 3.1.2 to 3.1.6 and 3.1.9)
    • Inorganic chemistry (section 3.3)
    • Relevant practical skills


    • Written exam: 2 hours
    • 105 marks
    • 35% of A level


    • 105 marks of short and long answer questions

    Paper 3

    What's assessed

    • Any content
    • Any practical skills


    • Written exam: 2 hours
    • 90 marks
    • 30% of A level


    • 40 marks of questions on practical techniques and data analysis
    • 20 marks of questions testing across the specification
    • 30 marks of multiple choice questions
  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    Minimum requirements - average point score of 6 including GCSE English Language at grade 5, Maths and Chemistry or Double Science at grade 6.

    Points calculation

    The average points score for entry to an A Level programme will be calculated using your 8 best GCSEs OR 6 GCSEs plus 1 technical qualification (equivalent to a maximum of 2 GCSEs and 10 points). From 2017 English Language, English Literature and Mathematics GCSE will be graded numerically (1 – 9. Grade 5 = a good grade C, grade 6 = grade B and grade 7 = grade A).

    To work out your average and find out more information, please see our Entry Requirements page.

  • What courses would combine well with this course?

    Students often study sybjects such as Biology, Maths, Physics and Computer Science A Level. 

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    This could lead to higher edication and careers in Medicine, Dentistry, nutrition, Biological Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Pharmacy and Pharmacology.

  • Are there any costs involved?


  • Are you aged over 19?

    Students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year may be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3. If you are aged 19-23 as at 31 August and this is your first full Level 3 you may not have to pay fees.

    Students who are 19-24 years old with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) issued by the Local Authority are not required to pay course fees (ie tuition fees are free). Students will be required to provide a final copy of their EHCP provided by the LA as evidence.


    You can find A Level course fees for adults on our A Level page. 

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