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Chemistry A Level at Burford School and Community College

Course description

Opportunities for people with a qualification in Chemistry have never been better. There will be many openings in industry, commerce and public services for chemists, biochemists, metallurgists, materials scientists etc., from ‘A’ Level to higher degree standard. The chemical industry is the number one export earner among the manufacturing industries in this country and the subject is also a requirement for some higher education courses. It is a valuable support for many others, such as agriculture, biology, engineering, geology, medicine, veterinary science and physiotherapy.

Course content

Module 1 Development of Practical Skills in Chemistry
Module 2 Foundations in Chemistry
Module 3 Periodic Table and Energy
Module 4 Core Organic Chemistry
Module 5 Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements
Module 6 Organic Chemistry and Analysis

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Additional and Core Science or Grade 6 in GCSE Triple Chemistry and Grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics.


Periodic Table, Elements and Physical Chemistry
Assesses content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5
2 hour 15 minute written paper worth
100 marks
37% of A Level
Synthesis and Analytical Techniques
Assesses content from modules 1, 2, 4 and 6
2 hour 15 minute written paper worth
100 marks
37% of A Level
Unified Chemistry
Assesses content from all modules (1 to 6)
1 hour 30 minute written paper worth
70 marks
26% of A Level
Practical Endorsement in Chemistry
Non exam assessment
Reported separately

Further information

Chemistry is a practical subject and laboratory techniques form an important part of the course, as well as the teaching of theoretical concepts. It is often found to be helpful, though not essential, for students to take one other science ‘A’ Level (Biology or Physics) with Chemistry and good confidence with Mathematics is essential for quantitative work, especially in Year 13 material.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Burford School and Community College directly.

Last updated date: 20 December 2017