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A Level Chemistry - New Linear A Level at Barton Court Grammar School

Course description

Chemistry is a challenging yet worthwhile subject to study.  It is an experimental science that combines academic study with the acquisition of practical and investigative skills. The ideas introduced in this subject are taught within a spiral curriculum.  A broad range of topics are encountered, and they mostly start from a real-life perspective.  

Course content

Development of practical skills

The course offers many opportunities for practical work


Chemical content and practical work reinforced by learning in context

Chemical literacy

Opportunities to practice and demonstrate skills in data extraction, manipulation and writing in technical terms


Entry requirements

Sixth Form entry requirements, including Chemistry at grade B (or an A grade at Core and Additional Science GCSE) and Mathematics at grade 6.





Percentage of A Level

Fundamentals of chemistry (01):

110 marks

2 hours and 15 minutes (written paper)

41% of A Level.

Scientific literacy in chemistry:

100 marks

2 hours and 15 minutes (written paper)

37% of A level.

Practical skills in chemistry:

60 marks

1 hour and 30 minutes (written paper)

22% of A Level

Practical endorsement in chemistry:

Reported separately


Future opportunities

Apart from being a subject worthy of study in its own right, chemistry is a pre-requisite for many courses in higher education, such as medicine, pharmacy, geology, and any of the biological and environmental sciences. It is good preparation for careers in forensics, the food industry and even law. Employers value students who have studied chemistry for they will be numerate, have analytical skills and experience of team work, and will have risen to the challenge of a demanding subject.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact Mr Harvey, Lead Teacher for Chemistry, or go to .

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 05 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years