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Chemistry A level at Shenfield High School

Course description

The A Level Chemistry course is a modular course designed to give students a further understanding of a range of areas in Chemistry.

The content of the course is examined at the end of Year 13 where students will be given their A Level grade based on the examinations they complete. All coursework and controlled assessments content has been removed from the course. The demonstration of practical skills will still be required throughout the year, but this will not contribute to the final grade.

Course content

Chemistry A is split into six modules: Modules 1 to 4 constitute the stand-alone AS Level qualification; Modules 1 to 6, combined with the Practical Endorsement, constitutes the full A Level. The modules can be summarised as:

  • Module 1 – Development of practical skills in chemistry
  • Module 2 – Foundations in chemistry
  • Module 3 – Periodic table and energy
  • Module 4 – Core organic chemistry
  • Module 5 – Physical chemistry and transition elements
  • Module 6 – Organic chemistry and analysis

In addition to the course content, students will also be expected to complete a number of assessed practical tasks under controlled conditions. These will be set by the exam board and will contribute to the final grade the students receive at the end of their course.

Entry requirements

An A grade in either their core science, additional science or further additional science. Students studying separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs are required to achieve an A grade in Chemistry.

Students are also expected to have gained a B grade in Mathematics.


Due to the reforms at A Level all external assessment will take place at the end of the year of study. Shenfield does not currently offer AS level Chemistry meaning all examinations will be taken at the end of Year 13, although students will have to demonstrate their ability at the end of Year 12 in order to proceed to Year 13. Practical controlled assessments will take place throughout the year.

Future opportunities

A level Chemistry provides skills that are of use in many areas of employment and is routinely required for progression onto numerous higher educational courses including: Chemical Engineering, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine etc.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years