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A Level Chemistry at Merchants’ Academy

Course description

Why should I choose Chemistry?

Chemistry is an essential qualification for a large number of careers as well as being an excellent subject to study alongside any other A Level. If you want to find out more about the world you live in and how it works you need to study Chemistry

Course content

In AS Chemistry you will cover topics such as atomic structure, bonding and the Periodic Table. You will also learn about rates of reaction, organic chemistry, energetics and environmental issues. In the second year you will take these topics further as well as expand your practical skills and techniques.


AS Level (Year 1) Chemistry (OCR) Two written exams (80% of AS level) Assessment of Practical Skills (20% of AS level)

A Level (Year 2) Chemistry (OCR) Two written exams (80% of A2 level) Assessment of Practical Skills (20% of A2 level)

Future opportunities

Careers in Applied Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Environmental Science.

Further information

Please direct your questions to any member of the science department.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Merchants’ Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 April 2015

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      We understand that each student has their own ambitions and aspirations; we want to help make these achievable, by offering support, guidance and courses that will enable our students to leave the Academy with qualifications that are held in high regard by universities and employers.

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