Chemistry A Level at Cowley International College
Chemistry explores the building blocks of all living and
non-living substances and tries to explain why certain
substances interact with each other, how they interact and
what happens when they interact
If you enjoyed Chemistry at GCSE and are prepared for some
hard work and hard thinking then Chemistry at A-level is worth
serious consideration. Chemistry will challenge your ideas
and concepts and hopefully encourage you to read around the
subject to get a broader appreciation of the way Chemistry is
used in all aspects of everyday life.
There are topics that will be familiar from GCSE, but these will
be studied in greater detail. New topics will include: Further
Organic Chemistry, Energetics, Kinetics, Equilibria and
This takes AS material much further to the full A-level
standard. Thermodynamics is studied in more depth along
with more detailed Organic Chemistry. Transition Metals and
Complexes are studied for the first time.
To study Chemistry at A-level you need to achieve (at least) a
grade B at GCSE Chemistry (or achieve a grade B in the Chemistry
component of the Additional Science examination) and at
least a grade B (grade 6) in GCSE Mathematics.
Chemistry is probably the most useful Science
A-level to have as it enables progression to many further
courses, including: Chemistry, Material Science, Biochemistry,
Biology, Engineering/Chemical Engineering. Chemistry is
mandatory if you wish to follow any medical course, such as:
Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy and
A good grade at A-level Chemistry is also suitable for those
who wish to study Law as it indicates a good breadth of
knowledge and understanding.
Did you know…
The origins of Chemistry is lost in antiquity but historians tell
us that the skills of changing raw materials into useful
substances seems to have been practised well before 1000BC.
The Alchemists’ unrelenting drive to produce the
‘Philosopher’s Stone’ paved the way for modern Chemistry
(many elements and chemical principles were discovered or
developed by them).
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cowley International College directly.