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CHEMISTRY A Level 3 at Dover Grammar School for Girls

Course description

Chemistry is an important science, which is essential in our everyday lives and can make for a rewarding career.  Due to this, many students choose this challenging, interesting and gratifying subject.  The course aims to develop knowledge and ideas introduced at GCSE to enable students to understand the fundamental concepts in Chemistry.  Students are encouraged to develop their existing skills in a new, more challenging situation.  Chemical principles are taught through the topics listed in the course content.

Course content

Course Outline

Module 1 - Development of Practical Skills in Chemistry

Module 2 - Foundation of Chemistry

Module 3 - Periodic Table and Energy

Module 4 - Core Organic Chemistry

Module 5 - Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements

Module 6 - Organic Chemistry and Analysis

Please note that A Level Chemistry now has a more demanding mathematical content which will account for 15% of the A Level.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for the Sixth Form: At least a grade 5 or above in English and Mathematics. You will require a 6 or B grade in most subjects you wish to study at A Level. To study Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages or a Science subject you will require a 7. A 6 may be considered for Science on the condition that a Mathematics\ Science related course forms part of your Personal Enrichment Pathway (PEP). For Further Mathematics you will need an 8 or 9. The minimum requirement is four 6 or B grades and two others at a 5 or C grade. (Short Courses count as half a GCSE) . You will need a positive attitude in your chosen subjects and a respect for school aims, objectives and ethos. Commitment to the expectations of the Sixth Form and your school community.


There will be 3 examination papers at the end of the 2 year course.  In addition, a lab book will be kept by students to record their practical skill achievements.

Paper 1 - Periodic Table, elements and physical chemistry (37% of total A Level)

Paper 2 - Synthesis and analytical techniques (37% of total A Level)

Paper 3 - Unified Chemistry (26% of total A Level)

Practical Endorsement in Chemistry - non exam assessment, reported separately. Practical and investigative work throughout the 2 year course is internally assessed.  A minimum of 12 practical activities are carried out by each student which, together, meet the requirements for the practical endorsement.  Each student will keep an appropriate record of their assessed practical activities.  Students who demonstrate the required standard across all the requirements of the Common Practical Assessment Criteria (CPAC) will receive a 'pass' grade.

Future opportunities

A Level Chemistry is obviously essential to anyone wishing to study Chemistry at a higher level, but it is also a required A Level for many courses including Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy, Forensic Science, Environmental Science and Engineering.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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: 20 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years