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Chemistry A Level at John Taylor High School Academy

Course description

Course Content - A Level – Year 1
Students will study the basics of physical chemistry through topics such as bonding, kinetics and redox reactions as well as inorganic topics including the chemistry of groups 2, 3 and 7 of the periodic table. The basics of organic chemistry through topics such as alcohols and alkanes will finish off their studies.

Course Content - A Level – Year 2
Organic Chemistry continues to be studied in Year 13 including an understanding of the more complex organic compounds and analytical techniques. Further topics covering both physical and inorganic chemistry include acids and bases, thermodynamics, and transition metals amongst many others.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade BB in Science. This must include at least a grade B in all of the different Science units studied. In addition, we require a GCSE grade 6 in Maths and English (or for early entry the old grade B) and GCSE grade B in English.

If you achieve BB in Science overall but do not meet the additional criteria from Science, English or Maths, we will consider your application on a case-by-case basis.


This qualification is linear, students will sit all exams at the end of their two year course.

A Level – 100% Examination across 3 papers, one of which includes 45% of questions on the skills developed from the twelve required practical activities carried out across the year. Students who demonstrate the required standard across all the practical requirements will also receive a ‘pass’ grade alongside their A level grade.

Future opportunities

The course provides a firm foundation for students if they wish to continue to higher education (and not just Science degrees) but is also held in high regard by many employers. In addition to the more obvious Chemistryspecific degrees such as Chemical Engineering, Medicinal Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Nanotechnology and Environmental Chemistry it is also a useful grounding (and sometimes an essential prerequisite) for the study of many other degrees such as Biochemistry, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Forensics, Archaeology, Pharmacology (discovering new medicines), Biotechnology, Materials Science and Metallurgy, Food Technology and of course Teaching!

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 August 2017
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