Course Details

Qualification: Chemistry Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two Bs and three Cs in five subject areas at GCSE to include a minimum of a grade 4 English Language, as well as Maths at a grade 5 or above and Chemistry or Science (both Core and Additional) at grade B or above. Start Date: Sept 2017
Length: 2 years

Chemistry combines well with other sciences and is a key subject for many degree courses in science, such as Medical, Veterinary or Dental Sciences, Biochemistry or Chemistry.

You will add to your knowledge of atoms, bonds, groups, structure and bonding and relate them to types of reaction. You will also further investigate energy changes and rates of reaction. There will be strong emphasis on applications in the real world, and we will look at important topical issues such as environmental chemistry and recycling.

Later in the course you will develop your knowledge of organic chemistry, including investigating rings and polymers. You will also learn about the exciting field of spectroscopy which is used in Medicine and Forensic Science for blood analysis and solving crimes.

You will also learn about the exciting field of spectroscopy which is used in Medicine and Analytical Chemistry. There is a strong emphasis on developing practical skills and applying theory to practical applications. This is essential if you plan to study Chemistry at university.


Units of study may include:

  • Practical skills in chemistry
  • Foundations in chemistry
  • Periodic table and energy
  • Core organic chemistry
  • Physical chemistry and transition elements
  • Organic chemistry and analysis

You will be assessed by three external written examinations at the end of the two-year course. Practical work is assessed in each written examination.

You will be offered a range of enrichment activities, including trips and visits. Details of the cost of these will be provided as they are planned.

You will benefit from small class sizes, supportive tutors and brand new, innovative laboratories housing industry standard equipment, including infrared and UV visible spectrometers.

Unique Pre-Professional Programmes available in Medicine and STEMx

Former students have gone to study at some of the UK’s top universities including; the University of Oxford, Imperial College London, King’s College London and the University of Manchester.

Chemistry students are reading a range of degree programmes including Medicine, Optometry, Forensics, Pharmacy, Chemical and Nuclear Engineering or Medicinal and Biological Chemistry to name a few.

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