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A Level : Chemistry at Melton Vale Sixth Form College

Course description

Are you interested in the world around you? Do you want to know more about molecules within the human body or elements at the edge of the galaxy? If you enjoyed chemistry at GCSE, you’ll enjoy this A-level course which is underpinned by the practical skills that are vital to chemists. During the course you’ll get a real in-depth knowledge of this fascinating subject, preparing you for further education or giving you the credentials to enhance your job options straight away. Chemists have greatly improved the quality of life for the majority of people. You will find out how chemists are real innovators, designing solutions to the problems that affect modern life.  A-level Chemistry is a linear qualification which means that assessment will take place at the end of the course.

A level Chemistry is a good addition to any selection of A-levels as it will provide you with many transferable skills which are important to universities and employers. Good choices alongside Chemistry are Physics, Biology and Mathematics. However, Chemistry has also been studied successfully with subjects as varied as Psychology, Photography and English.

Course content

The course is divided into the three areas of physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry and organic chemistry. The varied topics you will study include Atomic Structure, Transition Metal Complexes and Proteins and DNA.

Throughout the course you will carry out practical activities including: measuring energy changes in chemical reactions, tests for identifying different types of compound, different methods for measuring rates of reaction, studying electrochemical cells, preparation of organic solids and liquids. Your skills will be developed through a range of tasks including practical work and group research, including how to assemble data and assess it, how to work as a team to achieve results, how to investigate facts and use deduction, and how to put over your point of view fluently.

Entry requirements

MV16 Minimum Requirements:
To study A-Levels at MV16 you must have achieved a minimum of grade 4+ in GCSE English and Maths, plus 3 grade 6's or B's in other subject areas including any subject-specific entry requirements where stated on the individual subject pages.

Chemistry- Subject-specific requirements:
In addition to the MV16 requirements you will need a minimum of two B grades (based on examination performance not coursework) in your GCSE Sciences along with a minimum of grade 6+ in GCSE Mathematics to study Chemistry at MV16.


Your Chemistry A-Level grade will be based only on marks from written exams. There are 3 papers taken at the end of the second year.

Paper 1: Inorganic chemistry with relevant physical chemistry, relevant practical skills
Assessment: Written exam 2 hours, 105 marks, 35% of A-level
Questions: Mixture of short and long answer questions.

Paper 2: Organic chemistry with relevant physical chemistry, relevant practical skills
Assessment: Written exam 2 hours, 105 marks, 35% of A-level
Questions: Mixture of short and long answer questions

Paper 3: All practical skills. All content
Assessment: Written exam 2 hours, 90 marks, 30% of A-level
    40 marks - questions on practical techniques and data analysis
    20 marks - testing across the specification
    30 marks - multiple choice questions.

Practical Skills
A separate endorsement of practical skills will be taken alongside the A-level. This will be assessed in class by your teachers and will be based on direct observation of your competency in a range of skills. Your practical skills award will appear on your A-level certificate as a separately reported result, alongside the overall grade 

Future opportunities

Chemistry A-level is highly regarded by universities and employers. Chemistry is essential for Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Sciences. Within the chemical industry there are opportunities in Pharmacy, Forensics, Engineering and the Environment. Less obvious careers where qualifications in chemistry are highly valued include patent law, financial careers, publishing and computing.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact Mrs J Belleini on 01664 504750 or email or visit our website

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Melton Vale Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 10 October 2017
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    • Contact name:
    • Mrs J Belleini
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01664 504750
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