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Chemistry A Level at St Helens College

Course description

Chemistry is the study of all chemical substances and how to change one chemical into another. From the food you eat and the air that you breathe, to your mobile phone and the plants and streets around you, all of these involve chemical processes.

Chemistry is a crucial part of our daily lives as it helps to decrease economic costs, create safe environments and reduce pollution.

Course content

Throughout this A level, you will cover the following units:

  • Physical: atomic structure, bonding, energetics, kinetics, equilibrium, electrochemical, thermodynamics, acids and basis.
  • Inorganic: periodicity, group 2 metals, and the halogens, period 3 and their oxides, transition metals and reactions of ions.
  • Organic: alkanes, alkenes, alcohols and organic analysis, optical isomerism, aldehydes and ketones, aromatic chemistry and organic synthesis

In addition to the theoretical aspects of the course, you will also be assessed on your practical ability in the laboratory. An example of some of the experimental techniques you will be expected to undertake include:

  • Redox titrations
  • Determining an equilibrium constant
  • Purifying and organic solid
  • Inorganic tests

Entry requirements

You should have five GCSEs at grade C or above, including a grade C in English, a grade B in maths and a grade B in higher science such as, separate science, triple science or additional science.


You will be assessed through a combination of exam papers, consisting of short and long answer questions.

Financial information

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2016), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation.

Future opportunities

Studying A level Chemistry allows you to progress on to a degree at university.

Choose from a range of degrees including medicine, veterinary science, dentistry or biochemistry.

A level Chemistry provides the first step in securing a career in a range of fields, including geology, physical geography, engineering or material science.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Helens College directly.

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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