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Chemistry A Level at Portslade Aldridge Community Academy

Course description

Chemistry is all around us.  Chemistry is about our lives and how we build our world for future generations.  Chemistry is interesting and relevant since it affects every part of modern life.  Solutions are continually being found to everyday problems.  It concerns materials, water treatment, communications, air quality, energy conservation, pain relief, food.  The list is endless.

What skills will I gain from studying A Level Chemistry?

  • To work effectively as part of a team and individually to obtain good results
  • Carry out and make deductions from investigative work, problem solving
  • To express your point of view fluently

Course content

AQA Chemistry A-Level

Unit 1- Foundation Chemistry including atomic structure, periodicity and organic

Unit 2- Chemistry In Action including kinetics, alkenes and analytical techniques

Unit 4- Kinetics, equilibria and organic chemistry

Unit 5- Energetics, redox and inorganic chemistry

Unit 3 & 6- Investigative and practical skills


Entry requirements

A genuine interest and enthusiasm for Chemistry.  A minimum grade B must be obtained at GCSE Science/Additional Science or GCSE Chemistry.


80% is assessed by written examination papers.  20% involves the carrying out of practical tasks followed by a written paper.  Practical skills are also assessed throughout the duration of the course.

Future opportunities

It may lead to a career in health and clinical professions such as medicine, nursing, biochemistry, dentistry or forensic science or perhaps a career in industry; for example petrochemicals or pharmaceuticals.  The transferable skills which Chemistry develops are extremely well thought of in many sectors including finance and accountancy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Portslade Aldridge Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 January 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September