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A Level Chemistry


Studying chemistry at A level allows the acquisition of a wide range of skills and teaches about ideas and concepts which address all the important questions in modern science. Students will learn about a number of the key issues which face us from environmental issues to new developments in pharmaceuticals.

The skills that are developed whilst studying an A level in Chemistry are wide ranging and will prepare students for a variety of careers in the future. They will develop problem solving, time management and team working skills whilst carrying out a wide variety of experiments. They will become adept at data handling, demonstrate their numeracy and have opportunities to become a more confident communicator.


Chemistry is sometimes called the ‘central science’ and is supported by studying A levels in Physics and Biology. Studying mathematics helps to support the numerical aspects of the course. There are strong links to subjects including Geography.

Chemistry is required for a number of careers including medicine, dentistry and veterinary science. It is recognised to give students skills that may support careers such as engineering, law, marketing, education and finance as many employers would expect somebody who has studied Chemistry to be intellectually adept, numerate, self-motivated and organised.



Chemistry is a practical subject and experiments are at the core of the learning experience. There is no longer a coursework aspect to A level Chemistry. Practical skills are assessed through core practicals which may be examined in the written papers at the end of the two year course.

Many topics included in Chemistry A Level will be familiar to students from GCSE including calculations, atomic structure, energy, bonding, reaction rates and equilibria. The ideas introduced during GCSE are developed, challenged and expanded upon throughout the 2 years.



The link below will take you to the specification for the Edexcel Chemistry A level from 2015.


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