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Chemistry AS & A Level at Brine Leas School

Course description

This course provides a smooth transition from GCSE Chemistry or GCSE Science / Additional Science to the AS and first year of the A-Level qualification.

In the first year you will study a variety of topics from physical, inorganic and organic chemistry. Some topics, such as atomic structure and bonding will already be familiar from GCSE, but these will be rapidly developed beyond GCSE. Other topics, such as Group 2 chemistry and organic analysis will be unfamiliar and will require you to learn new skills to tackle them successfully. These include learning to draw organic reaction mechanisms and explaining succinctly the trends that we see in the Periodic Table. Practical activities form an essential part of the course and you will be encouraged to develop good practical skills, together with analytical and evaluative expertise. Strong mathematical skills will definitely help you in this course.

The second year builds on the foundation of year one, again with an emphasis on the balance between theory and practical work. Topics from physical, inorganic and organic chemistry will be taught, including thermodynamics, transition metals and spectroscopic techniques. Your mastery of the Year one topics will be essential, as will be your good practical and mathematical skills.

Entry requirements

Students should have achieved a grade B or above at GCSE Level (Chemistry or Science/ Additional Science).


AS Chemistry involves two exams on theory and practical elements of the course.

A-Level chemistry involves three exams. All test theory and practical; the final paper can include any content from years one or two.

AS Level

  • Paper 1 - 50% of AS - External examination paper 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Paper 2 - 50% of AS - External examination paper 1 hour 30 minutes

A Level

  • Paper 1 - 35% of A-Level - External examination paper 2 hours
  • Paper 2 - 35% of A-Level - External examination paper 2 hours
  • Paper 3 - 30% of A-Level - External examination paper 2 hours

Future opportunities

If you enjoyed chemistry at GCSE, you’ll love the challenges of the A/AS level course. You will get a real in-depth knowledge of this fascinating and challenging subject, preparing you for higher education or giving you the credentials to enhance your job options straight away.

Chemistry is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in chemical engineering, any branch of chemistry, health and clinical professions or biochemistry. Chemistry is mandatory for a career in medicine, dentistry and veterinary science. It will also equip you for a career in industry, for example in the petrochemical or pharmaceutical industries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brine Leas School directly.

Last updated date: 04 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September