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Chemistry A level

Chemistry is an exciting subject, sometimes beyond what we can see and often beyond what we can even imagine or believe. You will study aliphatic and aromatic organic chemistry relating to living things, the chemical industry, manufacturing and pharmaceutical. You will explain why molecules do what they do and why materials behave in the same way. You will think about what’s inside the nucleus and beyond and look at analytical techniques to examine what you have ‘in the flask’.

Curriculum outline

In AS you will study modules in:

  • foundations in chemistry (which builds on the GCSE course)
  • core organic chemistry
  • periodic table
  • energy

In the second year you will study modules in:

  • physical chemistry and transition metals
  • analytical techniques
  • organic chemistry (building on from earlier in the course)

Assessment

AS is examined in two papers:

  • Breadth in chemistry
  • Depth in chemistry

The second year has three exams:

  • Paper 1 - periodic table elements and physical chemistry
  • Paper 2 - synthesis and analytical techniques
  • Paper 3 is a unifies paper

You will also carry out a number of practical investigations over the two years called PAGs and the knowledge and skill covered in these will underpin some of the questions on the papers.

Entry requirements

The course content is very thorough and so the entry requirements are high.

We recommend Bs or better in separate chemistry at GCSE or at least an A and a B in the core/additional route. For those studying the new 9-1 courses, entry is a 6 or better for all.

I love chemistry because it appeals to the logical and methodical but sometimes it’s just weird in an interesting way.
Hayley Brownless

Potential career paths and further study

Chemistry is the science that links to all of the others. It is needed for medicine, dentistry and useful even if you want to do economics. It sits well alongside other sciences as well as on its own.

Chemistry at Teesdale Sixth Form
With exciting practicals and interesting content, chemistry at A level is one of my favourite subjects. The teaching ensures a smooth transition from GCSE level maximising students' potential as well as providing a comfortable, intimate fast learning environment.
Sam Holmes