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Chemistry A Level at Sandhurst School

Course description

A Level chemistry is a challenging and rewarding subject for those interested in studying the way substances in the world around us interact, and the impact this has on our lives. The content goes significantly beyond GCSE in terms of detail, depth and the rigour of exams. The subject is taught by skilled, experienced teachers, who are passionate about chemistry, and keen to develop chemists of the future.

Course content

AQA A Level chemistry includes physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry and organic chemistry. Knowledge and understanding of these topics, as well as relevant practical skills, are assessed across three exams at the end of Year 13.

The course content includes many aspects across the three chemistry disciplines, which are studied at different times according to the level of difficulty and prior knowledge required. Physical chemistry includes atomic structure, bonding, amounts of substance, energy changes, reaction rates and equilibrium. Inorganic chemistry focuses on periodicity and the properties and reactions of elements in different parts of the periodic table, as well as their ions. Organic chemistry looks at the different types of carbon-based compounds, their analysis, synthesis and properties, including isomerism

Entry requirements

Grade 6 or above in GCSE chemistry or GCSE science and a good pass in GCSE mathematics.

Future opportunities

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.

A good A Level chemistry grade is an entry requirement for many scientific degrees. It can provide diverse career opportunities, including in medicine, biochemistry, forensic science, and the petrochemical or pharmaceutical industries.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years