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Chemistry A Level at Nelson Thomlinson School

Course description

Chemistry is the study of the properties and reactions of materials. The flashes, colours and bangs of fireworks are all created by the careful control of chemical reactions. Forensic investigations rely on chemistry and many modern drugs and medicines have been created due to the ability of chemists to design molecules which react in exactly the right ways. The study of Chemistry at Sixth Form level will, therefore, provide a thorough grounding in the key principles and techniques on which modern chemistry is built. 

Course content

AS Level:

The AS course builds on basic GCSE ideas about atomic structure, bonding and the Periodic Table but much of the material studied during the first year is completely new. Organic Chemistry is one particularly important new area and this tackles the chemistry of carbon compounds, which includes natural materials such as proteins as well as plastics and drugs.

A Level:

The two-year A-Level course includes all the topics mentioned above and introduces new areas of study such as Electrochemistry, Organic Synthesis and Transition Metal Chemistry

Entry requirements

  • An average of a GCSE Grade B: • from the AQA examined modules Biology 2, Chemistry 2 and Physics 2
  • or the equivalent examined modules from another exam board.

Student Attributes

  • Determined.
  • Willing to learn large volumes of factual information.
  • Have a desire to learn a fascinating and challenging subject. 


AS Level:

Two written exams, each 1 hour 30 minutes.

A Level:

Three exams, each 2 hours

Future opportunities

There are many university courses and careers which are Chemistry-based and the study of any science at university level will benefit from a thorough background in Chemistry. For some courses Chemistry will be essential e.g. prospective Doctors and Vets will be expected to have a high Chemistry grade. The intellectual demands of Chemistry are well recognised and universities will often look very favourably on a Chemistry qualification even when applying for non-science-related courses. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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