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A-Level (AS/A2) in Chemistry at Archbishop Holgate's School

Course description

Touch anything in life and you will be touching Chemistry.  From microscopic organisms to distant galaxies; from medical discoveries to volcanic eruptions, Chemistry is central to our understanding of the universe.

Course content

The course consists of kinetics, equilibria and organic chemistry, energetics, redox and inorganic chemistry and investigative and practical skills.

In addition to chemical knowledge, the course also provides opportunities to develop teamwork, communication, IT and application of number skills. The course involves conducting experiments, analysing the results and writing reports that relate to your theory lessons which will include discussions and problem solving, as well as traditional teaching.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Sixth Form are 5 A*- C at GCSE, including English and Mathematics, although certain courses will have specific requirements.

If you study this course we would advise that students should attain at least a B in Science and a C in Mathematics in order to succeed.


You will sit an examination in January and June. Your practical skills will be assessed as part of ongoing class practical work followed by a minimum of one coursework exam each year.

Financial information

Over the duration of this course students may be required to attend visits to further their learning. If there are any cost implications student will be notified in advance and financial support may be offered to students who would have difficulty funding such visits.

Future opportunities

Chemistry is the only science which is compulsory for medicine. Chemistry allows access to essential jobs and other courses, such as university courses including environmental, forensic, food and textiles sciences, pharmacy, chemical engineering and biochemistry.

Further information

Students studying Chemistry have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities including courses to assist career choices in medicine, forensics, chemistry and veterinary science.

To find out more about this qualification contact us on 01904 411341 or email (sixthform@, your school/college careers staff or get further information and advice from

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Holgate's School directly.

Last updated date: 02 July 2014
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