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Chemistry - A Level at Baxter College

Course description

Do you want to be a Doctor, a Vet or a Forensic Scientist, a Teacher or a Pharmacist? Do you want to study a scientific subject at University? 

Do you like working logically and analysing current issues? 

The diversity of the subject enables you to take your Chemistry to many different places; Chemists work as Lawyers, Astronauts, Environmental Scientists in jungles and Marine Chemists on coral reefs. These are just a few ideas of what you could do with your Chemistry A Level. 

Chemistry is a diverse and fascinating subject, which will develop many of the skills essential for a successful career. Such as 

  • How to collect and evaluate data 
  • How to investigate facts and use deduction 
  • How to put over your point of view effectively 
  • How to apply your knowledge and understanding 
  • Independent learning 
  • Communication, organisation and team work 
  • Analytical and logical problem solving

Content Units of Study

You are the stuff that stars are made of. Chemistry is the study of how chemical substance changes into others. The food you eat, your mobile phone, the air you breathe, the cars you drive are all made of chemicals. 

You want inexpensive products, chemistry helps to reduce costs. 
You want a less polluted earth, chemistry helps to create greener and more environmentally friendly products and processes. 

You will study and AQA qualification with two units in AS Level with a coursework element and the same in Applied at A Level. The A Level full two year course being more in depth than the AS course. 
There will be an examination per unit to be taken at the end of the year, meaning 2 exams in Year 12 and 2 exams in Year 13. 

AS Units: 

Unit 1

  • Atoms, Bonds and Groups including: 
  • Atoms and reactions 
  • Bonding and structure 
  • Reaction types 
  • Periodic table 
  • Chemical equations and calculations 

Unit 2

  • Chains, Energy and Resources including: 
  • Hydrocarbons 
  • Alcohols and Haloalkanes 
  • Energy calculations 
  • Rate of reaction 

A Level Units: 

Unit 4

  • Carbon rings, polymers and analysis including spectroscopy 

Unit 5

  • Equilibrium, Energetics and Elements including: 
  • Rates of reaction 
  • Entropy 
  • Equilibrium and pH 
  • Energy of reactions 
  • Transition elements


Every year more people realise that scientific degrees lead to higher earning potential. Many A Level Chemistry pupils go on to University to study Pure Chemistry, Forensic Science, Biomedical Sciences, Medicine and Veterinary Science or increasingly more popular the Environmental Sciences or Engineering. 

More and more pupils are also being recruited by the financial sector in cities such as London who offer very complex starting packages and great future prospects.

Entry requirements

Preferably a Grade B at GCSE Additional Science or GCSE Chemistry and 5 A*-B grades at GCSE.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Baxter College directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2015

Key information

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