Exam Board: AQA

Entry Requirements: Grade 7 in chemistry or combined science | Grade 6 in mathematics

What will you learn?

A-level chemistry builds on GCSE learning. You will get the opportunity to deepen your understanding of chemical reactions, moving past pattern recognition in reactions to understanding why the reactions take place. You will gain a deeper understanding of physical chemistry and learn the foundations of thermodynamics and kinetics.

The course is divided along the academic subgroups of chemistry:

Physical chemistry - the study of how matter behaves on a molecular and atomic level

  • Atomic and electronic structure
  • Amount of substance
  • Energetics
  • Kinetics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Electrochemistry

Inorganic chemistry – the study of the reactions and properties of Inorganic chemicals

  • Bonding
  • Periodicity

Organic chemistry – the study of the reactions and properties of organic compounds

  • Reactions of organic compounds
  • Optical isomerism
  • Synthesis of organic compounds
  • Structure determination

What does the assessment look like?

You will sit three 2 hour examinations covering a combination of content and practical skills. Papers 1 and 2 contain short and long answer questions and extended responses. Paper 3 contains structured questions on practical techniques, critical analysis of experimental data and a multiple choice section.

Choose this subject if you…

Are interested in understanding how the world around you works on a molecular level.

What can an A-level in this subject lead to?

Chemistry A-Level is ideal if you wish to pursue a degree in a scientific discipline. Chemistry combines the skills of both physics and biology, so is highly valued by universities. Chemistry A-Level is often a necessity for Medicine applicants. The analyticl skills you will develop are highly valued in most fields and academic areas, for example Law and Economics.

Recommended reading:

The Billion Dollar Molecule – Barry Werth

The Disappearing Spoon – Sam Kean

The Periodic Table – Dmitry Mendeleev