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Chemistry A level at City and Islington College

Course description

Interested in the raw materials that make up our built environment? Maybe you're interested in the petrochemical industry that drives the modern world. Perhaps you're interested in the environment and the contribution of chemicals to global warming. This two-year course will give you a deep insight in the work of chemists and the many ways chemistry is used in the modern world.

Course content

In addition to studying chemistry in the context of the environment and business, you will also study the use of chemistry in the development of new medicines. The course features lots of practical laboratory work, allowing you to develop hands-on investigative and problem-solving skills.

Entry requirements

  • You must satisfy the general entry criteria for A Level courses, which are based on your GCSE results.
  • In addition, you must achieve at least grade B in GCSE Mathematics and at least grade B in both GCSE Core and Additional Science or grade B in both GCSE Chemistry and another science subject. Chemistry must be taken in combination with at least one other subject from the following list: Maths, Physics, Biology.

International students:

  • Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered.
  • IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill) or equivalent.


Assessment is by exam at the end of two years. Your practical skills will also be tested by a specially written paper.

Future opportunities

Taken as one of three A Levels, Chemistry will allow you to progress to university or other Higher Education course. Taken with another Science subject and/or Maths, it will allow you to specialise in Science at either Higher Education level or in work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City and Islington College directly.

Last updated date: 21 March 2016
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    • We are a specialist A Level Sixth Form College in the heart of Angel, Islington, with over 25 years of proven success and an outstanding record of achievement. Last year our overall A Level pass rate was 99%, 70% of students achieved grades from A*-C and 31 A Level subjects boasted a 100% pass rate.

      What we offer

      We specialise in preparing you for higher education and have an extensive range of subjects on offer, many of which are not offered elsewhere in London. Our teachers are A Level specialists, many are examiners and some have PHDs. The College offers superb facilities specially designed for A Level teaching.