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Chemistry A Level at East Riding College

Course description

Chemistry is all about the building blocks of everything around us, from the atom to all of the parts that make up a human being. Chemistry is fundamental to our understanding of what we and our environment are made of and how living and other natural processes work. Over the two years you will cover a range of essential chemistry, as well as applications of theory in creating substances such as life-saving drugs and performance enhancing stimulants.

A-level Chemistry builds on the work that you will have done in GCSE Chemistry or Science. You will learn new concepts as well as studying some familiar ideas to a greater depth. It can be a challenging subject but it is also very rewarding.

You can study this subject for one year and earn an AS-level or for two years and earn an A2-level.

Course content

  • Atomic and molecular structures
  • Formulae and equations
  • Bonding and polarity
  • Spectroscopy
  • Chromatography

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs grade A* to C including a minimum of grade C in GCSE English or English Literature, or equivalent qualifications

Successful interview demonstrating motivation and commitment to the course and an initial assessment


There are six units in the full A-level – three at AS and three at A2. Four of the units are assessed by exam. The remaining two units are internal assessments of investigative and practical skills.

Future opportunities

You could progress onto degrees in chemistry or a wide range of related subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact East Riding College directly.

Last updated date: 04 April 2016

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