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A Level Chemistry at Sawtry Village Academy

Course description

A level Chemistry attempts to answer the big question ‘what is the world made of?’ and it’s the search for this answer that makes this subject so fascinating. From investigating how one substance can be changed into another, to researching a new wonder drug to save millions of lives, the opportunities that chemistry provides are endless.


Within the Chemistry A level course you will master practical skills that are transferable into both industry and higher education. Chemistry is about the materials that build up the world around us. It can help us understand how they work, what you can expect them to do and even to make choices about products that we might use. It helps us to explain the processes we take for granted in everyday life.


A variety of units are studied within the course, ranging from physical chemistry, which studies atomic structure and particles, to studying elements within inorganic chemistry and exploring the world of organic chemistry. There is no coursework, but your performance during practicals will be assessed.


There are three exams at the end of the two years for A level, all of which are two hours long. At least 15% is based on what you learned in your practicals. The AS has two exams at the end of the year. Both are 1 hour 30 minutes long.

Entry requirements

An average points score of 46+, a grade B or above in Chemistry and at least grade C in GCSE English and maths.

Future opportunities

Chemistry is a required subject for university courses such as medicine and dentistry. It will provide access to well-paid careers in pharmacology, forensics, medical research, accountancy and law. Graduates in Chemistry related subjects are highly regarded and highly employable.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sawtry Village Academy directly.

Last updated date: 02 December 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September