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Chemistry A Level at Cranbrook School

Course description

Chemistry A is a flexible, content-led approach where the specification is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of chemistry. Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics and they are assessed both through written papers (15% ) and, for A level only, the Practical Endorsement. This is a practical subject and involves a high percentage of practical work. There is a strong mathematical approach to the subject and 20% of written papers will involve mathematical skills involving number and logic.

The aim of the course is for students to be able to:

  • develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
  • develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
  • develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills
  • develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject
  • understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society (as exemplified in ‘How Science Works’).

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

At least a Grade 7 in GCSE Chemistry or average Grade 7 in the Chemistry papers of Double Award Science.  Additionally, at leat a Grade 6 in Maths.


Modules 1-4 are assessed at AS Level in two written exams. At A Level all 6 modules are assessed in three different exams as well as the practical endorsement.

Future opportunities

The course will also help you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for. A good chemist is analytical, organised, methodical and good at problem-solving. These skills are desired across a broad range of disciplines and chemists are sought after in the world of finance, law and in management consultancy firms.

Chemistry is often essential for a number of degree courses including medicine and dentistry, or for courses related to chemistry like physiotherapy, pharmacology and geology. Chemistry complements a number of other subjects including biology, physics, mathematics and geography.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cranbrook School directly.

Last updated date: 16 July 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years