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Chemistry A-Level (AQA) at Harington School

Course description

Why choose A-Level Chemistry? To enable students to develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for Chemistry, and appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues, understanding how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

It encourages students to develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of different areas of chemistry and how they relate to each other. It is an interesting and engaging subject requiring and developing a variety of skills and a qualification in Chemistry is highly valued, leading to a wide variety of careers.

Course content

Chemical principles will be developed in the context of how chemistry is used in industry and at the frontiers of research through the three main branches of the subject: Physical Chemistry (thermodynamics, molecular and atomic structure and relation kinetics), Inorganic Chemistry (underlying trends and patterns across the Periodic Table) nd Organic Chemistry (Study of the molecules on which life is built ranging from synthetic polymers to biochemical structures).

Entry requirements

Each year, Harington School offers 150 places in Year 12 to students who meet our admissions criteria. 


Our usual minimum requirements are:

  • Five GCSEs at grade B or abov
  • A*- C passes in Mathematics and English

There is an expectation that students will have achieve an A*-B grade in the subjects (or comparable subjects) that they wish to take at A-Level.

Future opportunities

Students who study Chemistry to A-Level might ultimately work in the chemical industry, become doctors, dentists, pharmacologists and environmental scienctist. They are able to work in areas as diverse as publsihing, techinical writing, patent law, intellectual property law, finance and investment analysis as well as in the public services, academia and teaching.

Further information

Harington places a great emphasis on academic achievement and on providing challenging opportunities for personal development, through the Duke of Edinburgh Award and the individual Extended Project. These are essential when applying for the most prestigious universities. There will also be the opportunity to take the ABRSM grades in Music.

When choosing your A-Level subjects, you should take into consideration not only your personal strengths but also the requirements of any future courses you will wish to study post-18.

This is a very exciting time to join Harington School and our goal is to help you achieve the success you need to progress on to the next important stage of your education.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 September 2015
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