Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two grade 5s and three 4s in five subject areas at GCSE, to include a minimum of a grade 4 in English Language. Chemistry plus another science subject, or triple or combined Science at grade 5 or above from the higher tier paper and Mathematics at grade 5 or above.
Start Date: Sept 2021
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

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, Chemistry or Chemical Engineering. You will add to your knowledge of atoms, bonds, groups, structure and bonding and relate them to types of reaction.

What will I learn?

You will also further investigate energy changes and rates of reaction. Later in the course you will develop your knowledge of organic chemistry, including investigating how drug molecules are made by organic chemists. 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.

How will the course be assessed?

You will be assessed by examinations at the end of the two-year course.

You will also be expected to carry out independent study and other personal development activities alongside your programme, such as additional workshops, an Extended Project Qualification, leisure extracurricular activities, volunteering or work experience, or part-time employment.


At NCC we’re committed to ensuring that your studies are career focused and are linked to your future goals. Develop a new skill, learn how to be a leader, volunteer for a good cause and keep fit through sport. Enhance your learning and make the most of the array of activities on offer to help you stand out from the crowd when applying for university, an Apprenticeship or a job.


You will benefit from supportive tutors and modern high-tech science laboratories, housing industry standard equipment, including infrared and UV visible spectrometers.

Materials and other information

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Progression and Careers

Former students of Chemistry have gone on to study at some of the UK’s top universities, including the University of Oxford, Imperial College London, University College London (UCL), King’s College London and the University of Manchester, reading a range of degree programmes including Medicine, Optometry, Forensics, Pharmacy, Chemical and Nuclear Engineering and Medicinal and Biological Chemistry, to name a few.

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