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Chemistry A Level at Stratton Upper School

Course description

Chemists get to ask some great questions, from “If I set this on fire what will happen?”, “How can I stop this disease killing people?”, “If I combine these elements together in the right way can I create something totally new?” to “Can I make this medicine taste like bubble gum?” It’s all part of the job.

Chemists conduct experiments to study how elements work in different conditions, test how they mix, and work out what they are made up of right down to the tiniest particle. The results can be ground-breaking, colourful, explosive, or almost impossible to see. Chemists use their experiments and knowledge to develop medicines, foods, fabrics and other materials, from neon lights to shatterproof glass.

They also use it to understand the world around us, from why leaves change colour to discovering invisible pollutants in the air. Pick up a can of soft drink and you’ll find chemistry everywhere, from the metal can you’re holding, to the paint used to cover it and the liquid inside. Just breathe in and out and you’re performing a chemical reaction, which is a little scary, but pretty great too…

Course content


  • Develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of chemistry and how they relate to one another.
  • Develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills.
  • Develop their interest in and enthusiasm for chemistry, including developing and interest in further study and careers associated with the subject.


Year 1: Atoms and reactions; Electrons, bonding and structure; Periodic table; Physical chemistry; Core organic chemistry.
Year 2: Physical chemistry; Transition metals; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis.

In addition, we develop practical skills in chemistry throughout the two years.


For AS, two exams at the end of Year 1:
Breadth in Chemistry (1h 30m; 50%)
Depth in Chemistry (1h 30m; 50%)

For A2, three exams at the end of Year 2:
Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry (2h 15m; 37%)
Synthesis and analytical techniques (2h 15m; 37%)
Unified Chemistry (1h 30m; 26%)

Future opportunities

Chemistry is sometimes known as the ‘central science’ because it helps to connect physical sciences, like Mathematics and physics, with applied sciences, like biology, medicine and engineering. The careers chemistry can lead you to are diverse including Chemical Engineer, Healthcare, Forensic Science, Research Science, Chartered Certified Accountant, Teacher or Science Writer.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2017
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