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Chemistry A Level at Canons High School

Course description

A level Chemistry is suitable if you:

  • have an interest in, and enjoy Chemistry
  • want to find out about how things work in the real world
  • enjoy applying your mind to solving problems
  • want to use Chemistry to progress onto further studies in Higher Education or support other qualifications or enter chemistry-based employment

Course content

Chemistry involves the investigation of substances, what they are made of, how they interact and what role they play in modern industrial society. You’ll explore all aspects of chemistry: physical, inorganic and organic as well as modern analytical techniques. You’ll develop a logical approach to problem solving as well as your ability to understand abstract principles. The course encourages imaginative and critical thinking and develops your skills in laboratory procedures.

Entry requirements

6 A*-C GCSE grades including English and Mathematics.  The qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and process skills that you achieved in GCSE Science, Additional Science and Chemistry. It is expected that you should have at least the equivalent of a GCSE grade B in Chemistry or Additional Science.  In Chemistry you will need to be able to communicate effectively, be able to carry out research, work independently and critically think about problems. Good practical skills are also important as Chemistry is a very practical subject.


Stand alone assessment of practical and investigative skills within contexts encountered during the course. 

Examination (100%)

Future opportunities

Chemistry is a must for degrees in medicine, veterinary science and dentistry and can open up a range of careers and higher education courses in optometry, physiotherapy, pharmaceutical sciences, forensic science, biomedical and biological sciences, environmental health and food sciences. Chemistry can also help gain direct entry into employment, especially into the scientific and related sectors.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September