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Chemistry A level at Woodbridge High School

Course description

Chemistry is the science of materials. Advanced chemistry students learn about atomic and electronic structure and use these ideas to explain the chemistry of particular elements in the Periodic Table. The chemistry of carbon (organic chemistry) is studied specifically and the factors that control chemical change form the basis for a study of physical chemistry. In A Level, quantitative chemistry is developed and students study organic synthesis and analysis methods in further studies of organic chemistry. Chemistry is a laboratory-based subject and throughout the course practical activities are linked to the theory studied and a variety of experimental techniques are learnt.

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE Chemistry, Grade B in GCSE Maths and Grade B in GCSE English.


At the end of each unit of study you will be internally assessed to monitor your progress. You will also be expected to prepare answers to detailed questions on all topics and to prepare presentations to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the work. The external examinations are taken in June of year 13 and will contain a variety of multiple choice, short answer and longer stretch and challenge questions. Your ability to manipulate equipment and analyse experimental results is continually assessed and is reported to the exam board for A Level but will not count towards your final grade. Examination questions will test your practical skills. The exam board for this course is Edexcel.

Paper 1 Advanced Inorganic & Physical Chemistry 1hr 45 min
Paper 2 Advanced Organic & Physical Chemistry 1hr 45min
Paper 3 General & Practical Principles in Chemistry 2hr 30 min

Future opportunities

As with all A Level subjects, successful completion of this course will enable progression onto both further and higher education, a Modern Apprenticeship or employment in a range of industries. Chemistry is an essential qualification for virtually all careers in the medical and veterinary world. Employment opportunities making use of chemistry qualifications are very diverse - these include jobs in industry, research and in the field. There is currently a shortage of people in the labour market with appropriate qualifications in chemistry. Chemistry qualifications are also well regarded in colleges, universities and by employers as a measure of problem solving ability, recall skills and manual dexterity for those not necessarily intending to continue with science, particularly for careers in business and management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Woodbridge High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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