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A2 Chemistry at St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy - Trinity Sixth Form

Course description

Studente find post-16 chemistry even more interesting as they begin to discover the real reasons why chemicals react with one another. 

The course extends some of the subject matter encountered in the Chemistry section of the GCSE course such as electronic arrangements, rate of rections and fractional distillation. 

There is also the introduction to some new branches of Chemistry such as chemical calulations, aromatic chemistry, kinetics, thermodynamics and biochemistry.

Alongside the theory, students learn some important chemical techniques such as titrations distillation, filtration and checking the purity of compounds. Overall the AS and A Level Chemistry course is a demanding but very rewarding subject to study. Students will learn the detail of chemical reactions and will gain a deep appreciation of Chemistry and the significance of Chemistry to everyday life.

Course content

Chemistry would suit a student who enjoys applying theoretical learning in to practical situations. Students will develop a good understanding of the need for precision and detail in their work.

The majority of the Chemistry course is based upon application of knowledge to problems. The course is structured so that there are five periods a week shared between two teachers. 

A significant part of the Chemistry course involves independent laboratory work. There is also a strong mathematical element to the course in various topics across both years.

We are always looking for new opportunities to enhance your experience of A Level Chemistry.

Entry requirements

5 A* to C including English and Maths

GCSE Grade B and above in Additional Science or Chemistry

(must have a B grade or above in the C2 component)


This is a two-year course with examination in June of the final year. The AS course can be completed at the end of the first year, although these are now separate qualifications. Practical skills are assessed by teaching staff throughout the course and related questions form 15% of the examination material across all three papers.

A Level Course:

Paper 1 - Inorganic and relevant Physical Chemistry(35%)

Paper 2- Organic and relevant Physical Chemistry (35%)

Paper 3- All Chemistry and practical skils (30%)

AS Level Course:

Paper 1- Inorganic, relevant Physical Chemistry and practical skills (50%)

Paper 2- Organice, relevant Physical Chemistry and practical skills (50%)

Future opportunities

Chemistry is a highly valued academic qualification and will lead to a variety of careers including, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, industrial chemistry, engineering, medicinal chemistry and scientific journalism. 

Chemistry students are well sought after and many work in public services, technical sales, finance and investment.

Further information


This is a high level course respected by all universities.


Students studying this course say:
"Studying Chemistry in Trinity Sixth Form has improved my analytical and problem solving skills. A Level Chemistry has been a challenge for me. It has stretched my academic ability and prepared me for the University years ahead"  - Lucy

"Chemistry tests both practical and problem solving skills. Although challenging it can be very rewarding" - Matthew

"A Level Chemistry is a great subject to take. The practicals are fun and topics like organic Chemistry are very interesting. Even though it is in a completely different league than GCSE Chemistry the teachers are very supportive and will help you with any obstacles you may face". - Jervies



How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy - Trinity Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 02 March 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: A Level (AQA Chemistry 7405)

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Patricia Rhodes -Trinity Progress Manager SMW
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01782 810400
    • Email address: