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Chemistry AS and A Level at Newman Catholic School

Course description

The course is the next step up from GCSE to providing a deeper insight into chemistry and physical sciences. All three disciplines – inorganic, organic and physical chemistry are studied. Throughout the syllabus the medical and industrial processes are highlighted.

Course content


Students explore the fundamental principles that form the basis of chemistry such as atomic structure, bonding, periodicity and an introduction to organic chemistry. Students also look at the applications of these principles. 


Students develop further the concepts and principles introduced at AS through topics including equilibria, polymers, aromatic chemistry, thermodynamics, energetic chemistry and inorganic chemistry. 

Entry requirements

Course requirements:

GCSE additional Science grade B. Minimum grade C in English and B in Mathematics.


The AS level is a stand-alone qualification and AS marks won’t contribute to the A-level, there will be two AS exams that are 1½ hours each. 

There will be three A-level exams that are all 2 hours long. These will be taken at the end of year 13.

Future opportunities

Chemistry is an essential prerequisite for many further and higher education careers and employment. These include Engineering, Pharmacy, Nursing, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science. It is also highly recommended for courses such as Law, Archaeology and Physiotherapy. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 September 2016
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