A Level Chemistry

Entry Guidance

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or better. No more than two applied courses can count towards this total and each applied course counted has the equivalence of only one GCSE, regardless of its nominal size. In addition, students must achieve the specific entry requirements which may apply to this course.

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Typical Syllabus Outline

A Level Chemistry is a well-respected A Level that is recommended for students wanting to continue studying Science at University. Chemists have greatly improved the quality of life for the majority of people and the AQA Chemistry course is underpinned by the practical skills that we call ‘How Science Works’. You will also find out how chemists are real innovators, designing solutions to the problems that affect modern life. The course is assessed through written examinations and internally assed units.

AS Chemistry

  • CHEM 1 Foundation Chemistry
  • CHEM2 Chemistry in Action
  • CHEM 3 Investigative and practical skills in AS Chemistry

A2 Chemistry

  • CHEM 4 Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 5 Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 6 Investigative and practical skills in A2 Chemistry


A Level Chemistry is a 2 year course with examinations held in January and June of each year, in addition students are also required to perform an internally assessed investigation. In the first year the examination for CHEM 1 is worth 16 2/3rds % of the total A Level grade and CHEM is worth 23 1/3rd %. In the second year CHEM 4 and CHEM 5 are each worth 20% of the total final grade. The investigative skills assessments each make up 10% of the final grade at A2.


This course can prepare students for further education at College/University or a wide range of careers that directly use science e.g medicine, pharmacology, biomedical science, dentistry etc. In addition, the skills developed open the doors to a wide variety of other opportunities e.g. business and finance where a direct link to science is not visible