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Chemistry A Level at St Michael's Church of England High School

Course description

With a competitive job market, it is important that you have qualifications that make you stand out to prospective employers and having a qualification in Chemistry will do this. Chemistry provides you with many transferable skills including problem solving and logical thinking.

Course content

At AS level, you will study atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, periodicity, energetics, kinetics, equilibria, Group 2 and 7, alcohols and organic chemistry. At A-level, you will cover AS topics in more depth along with transition metals, acids and bases, spectroscopy, polymers and redox equilibra.

Entry requirements

Grade B in Chemistry GCSE (studied as a separate science) or Core with additional science grades BB. A minimum of a grade B in GCSE Maths is also required.


Examination – Paper 1 AS (50%) 1.5 hours

Examination – Paper 2 AS (50%) 1.5 hours

A Level: 
Examination – Paper 1 A Level (35%) 2 hours

Examination – Paper 2 A Level (35%) 2 hours

Examination – Paper 3 A Level (30%) 2 hours

Assessment is via external examination following the AQA specification.

Future opportunities

With a Chemistry degree there are plenty of employment opportunities. Careers include medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, pharmacology, molecular biologist, environmental chemist and forensic chemist. Chemistry graduates in the UK earn around 30% more than someone with A-levels and no degree.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Michael's Church of England High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 September 2015

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