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Chemistry A Level (AS/A2) at The Bicester School

Course description

Throughout the entire course, you will carry out practical work that will support and develop your understanding of Chemistry and which will allow you to carry out independent research work to a high level. There will also be a great emphasis on the contemporary applications of Chemistry, such as sources of energy, green chemistry, and the application of chemical understanding to other disciplines such as drug development. Studying any A-Level Science will also develop the skills that will allow you to succeed in higher education and employment, such as effective research skills, practical mathematical skills such as data analysis and presentation, and how to develop and present your opinions and arguments based on supporting evidence.


At AS Level, you will cover a range of topics that will extend your understanding of Chemistry from GCSE. These will include:

  • Atom structure
  • Types of reactions
  • Electrons, bonding and structure  
  • The periodic table
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Chemical groups such as alcohols, halogens and alkanes  
  • Chemical analysis
  • Energy  
  • Natural resources


At A-Level, you will deepen your understanding of Chemistry topics and principles, including:

  • Rings, acids and amines
  • Polymers and synthesis  
  • Analysis
  • Rates, equilibrium and pH
  • Energy
  • Transition elements

Entry requirements

GCSE Double Science: grade BB or GCSE Triple Science: grade B in Chemistry and at least C in Biology and Physics

GCSE English and Maths: grade B

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bicester School directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years