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Chemistry - A Level at Bolton St Catherine's Academy

Course description

Whilst studying Chemistry you will develop skills similar to those required of any professional in any other field i.e. time management, research, and presenting. Chemistry is the key to essential leading research designed to solve issues facing our world today. It is a Chemistry links particularly well with one or more A Levels out of Biology, Maths or Physics. Chemists are at the forefront of groundbreaking scientific research and discoveries, and form an essential part of modern medicine and developing our understanding of the world today.

Course content

The structure of atoms and bonding. Chemical analysis, practical investigative skills. Chemical calculations.

Inorganic chemistry; The periodic table, group 1, group 2, group 6, group 7, group 8.

Organic chemistry: The chemistry of carbon compounds, identifying molecules by instrumentation.

Physical chemistry: thermodynamics, rates of reaction and reversible reactions.

Entry requirements

A level Chemistry requires higher than the standard entry requirements. You will be expected to have at least two GCSEs at Grade 6 and three GCSEs at Grade 5 including English Language at Grade 5 points.

If you studied Core and Additional Science, you will be expected to have Grade 6 in Mathematics’ (higher grade tier) and a double 6 in Science. If you studied separate science, you will need GCSE Grade 6 points in Mathematics, GCSE Grade 6 in Chemistry and a Grade 6 from Biology or Physics.


Assessment is by written examinations which will assess the knowledge and understanding from the course and the practical skills acquired throughout.

Future opportunities

A level Chemistry leads to

Chemistry is an essential subject for Medicine, Veterinary medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy. It is desirable for most scientific and technological careers ranging from the biosciences, to material and geological sciences. You may be interested in future careers where you develop new medicines, protect the environment or invent new products. Some students use the numerical and analytical skills they have developed whilst studying chemistry to follow careers in accountancy or management consultancy.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 29 June 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September