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Are you interested in a course that opens up an array of opportunities? Are you curious about questions such as why do onions make you cry? Or why ice floats in fizzy drinks? Chemistry is involved in so many aspects of day-to-day life, and in A Level Chemistry you’ll learn about the science behind these chemical reactions, explore the material world, and delve deeper into the very nature of matter.

You'll need to meet the entry criteria for your chosen pathway and a grade 6 in GCSE Maths* and grade 6/5 in GCSE Sciences. 

For further information on the pathways, please click here.


*If a student has been entered for the lower tier GCSE Maths paper and are predicted a grade 5, but are predicted to achieve at least a grade 7/7 in Science subjects, this will meet the entry criteria for the subject.

This academic A Level will see you learning about a wide range of concepts and scientific theories, including:

  • Atomic structure
  • Energetics
  • Rates of reaction
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis


Educate, Enrich, Enlighten

Our highly qualified and passionate subject specialists will inspire and challenge you to achieve your potential and think critically. We are proud of the experience on offer, and our subject specialists share their expertise and challenge you to broaden your horizons. You can expect to hear from guest speakers who regularly join us to build your cultural capital.

You’ll put learning into practice in our professional grade labs, by conducting a range of complex experiments, which advance your practical understanding of the field and set you up to pursue higher level study.

You will be taught by passionate subject specialists who will support your learning and development throughout your studies. Your learning won’t just be contained to the classroom either – from trips and visits to discover potential career paths to university lectures by inspiring academics, you’ll enjoy a truly well-rounded learning experience. Some of the experiences our students enjoy include:

  • Visits to universities for lectures
  • Summer School STEM opportunities
  • Participation in Science based challenges and national competitions
  • Inspiring primary aged children about your subject by hosting specialist workshops

Assessment is 100% examination. There are 12 required practicals that must be completed for you to achieve the Practical Endorsement.


A Level Chemistry opens up an incredible range of opportunities. As a traditional subject it is valued highly by universities and is often described as a central science; it is often a requirement for many STEM and STEM related degree courses, including Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science.

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If you’re thinking of studying A Level Chemistry and pursuing a STEM based career we recommend that your study programme contains at least one other STEM based subject. This is because many universities will require more than one Science as part of their entry requirements

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