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Entry Criteria

  • Average Point Score: 5.5
  • Mathematics GCSE Grade 5
  • Grade 5/5 in GCSE Combined Science or a Grade 5 in GCSE Chemistry
  • To have a better chance of succeeding, 6/6 in Combined Science or a 6 in Chemistry is recommended

Examination Board

  • AQA


Teaching Staff

  • Mr Raynerd
  • Mr Leyland
  • Mrs Anwar
Chemistry is a hard subject, but this is exactly why it is worth studying: it will challenge you and make you think. If you don’t enjoy using your brain then Chemistry is not the subject for you!

Chemistry at A Level is both wide ranging and in-depth. In lessons there is only time to cover the main concepts and ideas using examples that work well in both theory and practice. It is up to you to thoroughly learn the work you have been taught, then broaden your knowledge independently by reading round the subject and studying past papers to apply your knowledge to new and unfamiliar situations.

There is a considerable amount of practical work but this is very different from practical work done in Key Stages 3 and 4. There is a lot of quantitative work and organic synthesis; this may include, for example, making dyes, synthesising aspirin, and isolating naturally occurring flavourings. The skills developed in this area are assessed through practicals during the course.

Chemistry combines really well with Biology, Geography, Maths, Physics and many more!

Besides preparing students for Chemistry courses in higher education, this course is invaluable in the study of related subjects such as Biology, Geography, Geology and Environmental Sciences.

The study of Chemistry at A Level is essential for students wishing to pursue a career in Dentistry, Medicine or the Veterinary Sciences. Chemistry is a very versatile subject and many students use it to go on and study unrelated subjects at university such as Law. Every year students with an A Level in Chemistry go on to study at some of the very best universities.