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Overview

A-Level Chemistry

A-Level Chemistry attempts to answer the big question ‘what is the world made of’ and it’s the search for this answer that makes this subject so fascinating.

From investigating how one substance can be changed drastically into another, to researching a new wonder drug to save millions of lives, the opportunities that chemistry provides are endless.

Possible Degree Options

According to bestcourse4me.com, the top five degree courses taken by students who have an A-Level in Chemistry are:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Pre-clinical medicine
  • Mathematics
  • Pharmacology

Course Content

Topics Covered

Foundations in Chemistry
Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations / Acid–base and redox reactions / Amount of substance / Electrons, bonding and structure.

Periodic table
Group 2 and the halogens / Qualitative analysis / Enthalpy changes / Reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative).

Core organic chemistry
Basic concepts / Hydrocarbons / Alcohols and haloalkanes / Organic synthesis / Analytical techniques (IR, MS).

Practicals

Chemistry, like all sciences, is a practical subject. Throughout the course you will carry out practical activities including:

  • Measuring energy changes in chemical reactions
  • Tests for identifying different types of compound
  • Different methods for measuring rates of reaction
  • Studying electrochemical cells
  • Preparation of organic solids and liquids
  • An advanced form of chromatography for more accurate results


This is now a requirement and forms part of the Practical Endorsement that is a requirement of A-Level chemistry

Exams

  • Paper 1 Breadth in Chemistry, 1 hr 30 mins, Multiple choice / short answer
  • Paper 2 Depth in Chemistry, 1 hr 30 mins, Structured questions and extended response questions

Requirements

5 GCSEs grade 9-5, including Maths and a grade 6 in Biology/double science. 

Careers

Studying an A-Level Chemistry related degree at university gives you all sorts of exciting career options, including:

  • Analytical chemist
  • Chemical engineer
  • Clinical biochemist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Doctor
  • Research scientist (physical sciences)
  • Toxicologist
  • Chartered certified accountant
  • Environmental consultant
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Patent attorney
  • Science writer
  • Secondary school teacher