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Chemistry AS and A Level at Portsmouth College

Course description

Chemistry is one of the group of highly regarded A levels preferred by the top universities.  An A level in Chemistry (often, but not always, in combination with other sciences) opens up a very wide range of exciting career possibilities.

Course content

The new Chemistry A level syllabuses will be finalised in late 2014.  The draft syllabus indicates that you will learn about the principles of Chemistry by studying chemical applications such as the development of improved fuels, medicinal chemistry and environmental chemistry.  There will be frequent opportunities for practical work and visits to industry/university will be integrated into the course.

Entry requirements

You would normally be expected to have at least five GCSEs at grades A*-C (including English Language), some at grade B or above. Level 2 BTEC or OCR National qualifications (at Merit grade or higher) would be a useful addition but cannot be used instead of the basic GCSE requirement.


Chemistry A Level qualifications are assessed through examinations - there is no coursework (this is also true of the stand-alone AS level).  Practical work is not assessed but you will be required to apply skills learnt in practicals to answer  examination theory questions.

Future opportunities

You will be able to participate in visits which support your coursework and provide an insight into everyday applications of Chemistry.  We also attend various examination board revision seminars.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Portsmouth College directly.

Last updated date: 21 July 2016
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