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Type of Qualification:
A Level
Exam Board:
2 x Grade 6 GCSE in any of the Sciences and a Grade 6 in Mathematics is recommended

Course Content

The course is now linear which means students will sit all exams at the end of the two-year course.

The ISA (practical examination) has now been replaced by compulsory practical activities which will be carried out throughout the course in lessons and knowledge and understanding tested in the final exams.
Students also complete a range of non-examined practicals aimed at developing and enhancing practical skills.
Topics covered across the course include:
  • Physical chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Inorganic chemistry

Style Of Assessment

Paper 1:

  • Inorganic and physical chemistry with practical skills
  • 2 hours – 105 marks
  • 35% of A Level


Paper 2:

  • Organic and physical chemistry with practical skills
  • 2 hours, 105 marks 
  • 35% of A Level;


Paper 3:

  • All content and practical skills
  • 2 hours – 90 marks
  • 30% of A Level

Whose kind of course?

Chemistry is a pre-requisite for many of the degree courses, including medicine, as it demonstrates analytical and research skills. Employers appreciate the hard work involved in studying chemistry and recognise that these pupils will have developed skills including interpreting written or numerical data, communicating ideas and problem solving.

Stretch and challenge – Aiming for A*

The A* grade will be awarded to pupils who achieve over 90% in their A2 units.

We constantly set challenging problems to ensure that the most able students have the best opportunity to achieve the highest grades.

Career Prospects

Forensic Chemistry, Medicine, Biochemistry, Banking, Teaching, Pharmacy, Environmental Science, Government/Private research organisations, Engineering, Medicinal and Industrial Chemistry.