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Chemistry AS/A2 at Christ's College Guildford

Course description

Chemistry is relevant to many sectors of industry, because it is used in the development and manufacture of all the products that we use, especially new technology. It is a highly regarded A level subject that is well recognised by universities and employers. Teaching and learning combines theoretical and practical approaches and develops many important skills including problem solving, communication data handling and analysis, teamwork, risk management etc.

Course content

3.1 Physical Chemistry

3.2 Inorganic Chemistry

3.3 Organic Chemistry

Entry requirements

Any potential candidate must have gained 5 good A* to C GCES grades including English and Maths. Candidates are expected to have achieved B grades in two Science GCSE’s. Due to the mathematical content of the course, it is advised candidates have a grade B in Mathematics too. Candidates often (not always) combine Chemistry with other Science subjects and/or Maths. Therefore, they must be willing and able to manage their workload effectively and study independently.


A Level will cover all of each of the topics – three exams in June of Year 13.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as Biology. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you to develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

A good A level grade is an entry requirement for many Scientific degrees.  It can provide diverse career opportunities, including  Medicine, Biochemistry, Forensic Science, and the Petrochemical or Pharmaceutical industries.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact our Sixth Form Centre on or call us on 01483 484511.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ's College Guildford directly.

Last updated date: 28 November 2014
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  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years
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