Accessibility links

Chemistry AS & A Level at Durham Sixth Form Centre

Course description

The course aims to develop an awareness of the link between theory and experiment as well as the responsible use of scientific knowledge and evidence. It also aims to encourage students to appreciate the contribution of Chemistry to society.

Course content

Students will study the three branches of Chemistry: Organic, Inorganic and Physical.

Lessons are a mixture of theory and practical work. There is a strong emphasis on explaining the outcome of practical work using the theory learned. Progress is monitored throughout the course using cumulative progress assessments and mock exams.

Entry requirements

There are a range of courses and pathways available to you at Durham Sixth Form Centre depending on your GCSE results and academic profile. In order to enrol with us as a student, you must have the minimum of 5 A*-C GCSE grades (or equivalent). In addition, individual subjects have specific entry requirements, which will be discussed with you during the application and enrolment process. Students who do not achieve a grade C or above (or numerical equivalent) in GCSE English and/or mathematics will be required to continue studying these subjects at Durham Sixth Form Centre.

If you do not meet our entry requirements but are still keen to study at Durham Sixth Form Centre, please contact us to discuss your options.


Both AS and A-level are linear courses,with assessment 100% by exam.


  • Paper 1 - Inorganic, Physical and practical techniques (50%)
  • Paper 2 – Organic, Physical and practical techniques (50%)


  • Paper 1 – Inorganic and Physical (35%)
  • Paper 2 – Organic and Physical (35%)
  • Paper 3 – Practical, data handling and synopsis (30%)

Future opportunities

A-level Chemistry is an essential requirement for many university courses in medicine, dentistry, chemistry, veterinary sciences and pharmacology and is a useful basis for the study of many aspects of both biological and physical sciences. A-level Chemistry is also of benefit if you wish to apply for courses in forensic science, environmental or geological sciences, biochemistry, engineering and finance-related degrees.

Further information

Chemistry complements study in both Physics and Biology. Due to the mathematical content in the specification, it is strongly advised that students study at least Level 3 Core Mathematics or AS Mathematics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Durham Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 13 January 2017
Provider logo

Key information


  • More information
    • Durham Sixth Form Centre is located in Durham City Centre next to Gala Square and Freeman’s Quay. We are a couple of minutes walk from both the bus station and the railway station. Our students enjoy having all of the city centre facilities, shops, restaurants, the city library, cinema and theatre on our doorstep. In the city itself, students find a host of lively cultural, social and educational advantages and facilities. The galleries, exhibitions, museums and book shops all play their part in enriching the student experience. A large public car-park is directly opposite and adjacent to Durham Sixth Form Centre’s main entrance.