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Chemistry A Level at St Cuthbert Mayne School

Course description

The course is split into three distinct elements as follows:

- Physical chemistry - Including thermodynamics, rate equations, the equilibrium constant Kp, electrode potentials and electrochemical cells.

- Inorganic chemistry - Including properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides, transition metals, reactions of ions in aqueous solution.

- Organic chemistry - Including optical isomerism, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, aromatic chemistry, amines, polymers, amino acids, proteins and DNA, organic synthesis, NMR spectroscopy, chromatography.

Entry requirements

5 x GCSE A* – C Grades, including Grade 4 – 9 in English and Mathematics.

Science A*- B and Additional Science A*- B OR GCSE Chemistry A*- B;

GCSE Maths A* - B (Higher tier entry only)


There is no coursework on this course. However, your performance during practical sessions will be assessed. There are three exams at the end of the two years for A-level, all of which are two hours long. At least 15% of the marks for A-level Chemistry are based on what you learned in your practical sessions. There is also a significant Mathematical element to the course accounting for 20% of the marks.

Future opportunities


According to, the top five degree courses taken by students who have an A-level in Chemistry are;  Chemistry, Biology, Pre-clinical medicine, Mathematics  and Pharmacology.


Analytical chemist, Chemical engineer, Clinical biochemist, Pharmacologist, Doctor, Research scientist (physical sciences), Toxicologist, Chartered certified accountant, Environmental consultant, Higher education lecturer, Patent attorney, Science writer, Secondary school teacher.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Cuthbert Mayne School directly.

Last updated date: 17 March 2017

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