Curriculum Leader

Mr R Blackman

Awarding Body

AQA Course Specification

Entry Requirements

A grade 6 or above in GCSE Chemistry and a grade 5 or above in GCSE Mathematics OR two grade 6's or above in GCSE Combined Science and a grade 5 or above in GCSE Mathematics

Why choose Chemistry?

Chemistry helps us to understand the world in which we live and underpins a wide range of science-based degree courses and careers. Success with A level chemistry will prepare you for a future in chemistry, pharmacy, pharmacology, chemical engineering, biochemistry, biomedical sciences, medicine and dentistry. The AQA A-level course is a fascinating exploration of atomic structure, chemical bonding, and reactions of organic and inorganic chemicals and builds upon knowledge and understanding from the AQA GCSE chemistry course that our students study in Y11. The course content develops the foundations of chemistry before branching out into the 3 disciplines of organic, physical and inorganic chemistry. Specific topics include biochemistry, kinetics, equilibria and energetics. This course will also develop your problem solving, teamwork, numeracy, communication and practical skills, as well as hugely valuable independent study and reasoning skills.

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What will I learn in A Level Chemistry and how will it be assessed?

Physical chemistry

  • Atomic structure
  • Amount of substance
  • Bonding
  • Energetics
  • Kinetics & rate equations
  • Chemical equilibria and equilibrium constants
  • Oxidation, reduction and redox equations
  • Thermodynamics
  • Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells
  • Acids & bases

Inorganic chemistry

  • Periodicity
  • Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
  • Group 7, the halogens
  • Properties of period 3 elements and their oxides
  • Transition metals
  • Reactions of ions in aqueous solution

Organic chemistry

  • Introduction to organic chemistry
  • Alkanes
  • Halogenoalkanes
  • Alkenes
  • Alcohols
  • Organic analysis
  • Aldehydes & ketones
  • Carboxylic acids & derivatives
  • Aromatic chemistry
  • Amines
  • Amino acids, proteins & DNA
  • Organic synthesis

all external assessment is carried out at the end of the course

Paper 1


  • Inorganic chemistry, with relevant physical chemistry
  • Relevant practical skills


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


  • 105 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions

Paper 2


  • Organic chemistry, with relevant physical chemistry
  • Relevant practical skills


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


  • 105 marks: a mixture of short and long answer questions

Paper 3


  • Any content
  • Any practical skills


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


  • 40 marks: practical techniques and data analysis
  • 20 marks: testing knowledge and understanding across the specification
  • 30 marks: multiple choice questions
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How will I learn?

You will learn through opportunities to:

  • Take part in practical investigations
  • Discuss your work in pairs and groups
  • Make presentations to the class
  • Work independently on written tasks
  • Carry out research and work on group or individual projects
  • Take part in workshops provided by local universities
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Alternative energies, Biochemistry, Cosmetics, Dentistry, Environmental, Forensics, Geology, Healthcare, Industrial chemistry, Journalism, Law, Medicine, Nanotechnology, Oceanography, Pharmaceutical, Quantum physics, Research, Sports science, Toxicology, Veterinary medicine, Weather science, Zoology……………The list is endless!

Chemistry can provide access to any degree course. It requires students to display the full range of key skills and is highly regarded by Universities for its academic rigour.

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Essential for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine. Recommended for all science based careers. Chemistry can also lead to a wide variety of non-scientific careers including law (in particular patent law), management, finance and business – even Prime Minister!

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Further Course Information

Students will receive textbooks, revision guides and past papers. A refundable £10 deposit is required. Students would benefit from reading related publications such as New Scientist, Chemistry Review, BBC Focus and from joining the (free) RSC Chemnet learning network.

Every year over third of A-Level Chemistry students achieve A*/A grades.

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