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Chemistry at The King Edmund School

Course description

Chemistry is the study of the nature, properties, and composition of matter, and how these undergo changes. It covers a wide range of subjects such as geology (geochemistry), astronomy (astrochemistry), and physics (physical and analytical chemistry). Everything you hear, see, smell, taste, and touch involves chemistry and chemicals (matter). Hearing, seeing, tasting and touching all involve an intricate series of chemical reactions and interactions in your body.

Course content

A Level chemistry will broaden your range as a student and help you develop very essential skills that can be applied well in other areas; these include problem solving, numeracy and practical skills, as well as developing a broad scientific background. Through this course, the relevance of chemistry to our everyday lives will be realised as it will be delivered in a range of different contexts, conveying the excitement of contemporary chemistry. We place particular emphasis on an investigational and problem-solving approach to practical work.

There will be a wide range of practical investigations and experiments to complete. The content you will study includes development of practical skills in chemistry, storylines (‘Elements of Life’), developing fuels, elements from the sea, ‘The Ozone Story’, ‘What’s in a Medicine?’, the chemical industry, polymers and life, oceans, developing metals, colour by design, chemical literacy and practical endorsement.


Examinations take place at the end of the course and will total six hours. The examinations will test your knowledge and understanding, practical skills and application of your knowledge. They will include short answer, calculations and extended writing.

Future opportunities

Studying A Level Chemistry will give you the opportunity for further education towards a range of careers including medicine, pharmacy, veterinary science, forensic science, chemistry, biochemistry, food science and nutrition, nursing, optometry, software engineering and chemical engineering. Other careers and courses that find chemistry desirable include food technology, physiotherapy, radiography, paramedical courses, law and zoology. Having an A Level in Chemistry is a very desirable trait and is a highly respected qualification.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The King Edmund School directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2016

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