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Chemistry A Level at Priory School Edgbaston

Course description

From the moment we are born, and throughout our life, we are surrounded by chemistry.  It is the air we breathe, the food we eat and the clothes we wear. As a chemist you could:

• Make a medicine to fight cancer or Aids

• Develop exciting new ice-cream flavours

• Make new materials for computers or mobile phones 

Course content


Paper 1: Inorganic and Physical chemistry
Paper 2: Organic and Physical chemistry

A Level

Paper 1:   Inorganic and Physical chemistry
Paper 2: Organic  and Physical chemistry
Paper 3: Practical skills, data handling and synopsis

Entry requirements

At least a grade B in core and additional double award science, or B grades in triple award science. A grade B in Mathematics and English.


AS assessment

Two written papers; paper 1 – 50% 1 hour 30mins, 80 marks and paper 2 - 50% 1 hour 30mins, 80 marks 


A-level assessment

Three written papers; paper 1 – 35% 2 hours, 105 marks, paper 2 - 35% 2 hours, 105 marks and paper 3 – 30% 2 hours, 90 marks.

Future opportunities

Chemistry ‘A’ level can get you in to a variety of degree courses from marine chemistry to chemical engineering, food chemistry to neurochemistry, environmental chemistry to biological chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences and beyond. It is an essential requirement for entry to a degree in Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science. Careers range from the more traditional laboratory-based work through to photography, art restoration and music technology. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Priory School Edgbaston directly.

Last updated date: 15 November 2016

Key information


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    • We warmly welcome applications from internal and external candidates. In order to obtain admission into Priory Sixth Form, candidates must achieve a minimum of 5 A* – C grades including a minimum of a grade C in English language and mathematics. Students are also advised to choose subjects where they have achieved a grade A or B at GCSE. It is equally important for advance level study that applicants display strong self-discipline and commitment.

      Prospective pupils should complete a registration form and Sixth Form application during the Autumn term prior to taking their GCSEs. Interviews will take place early in the Spring Term and an Induction Day will be held late in the Summer Term prior to starting Priory Sixth Form. Candidates will also have the opportunity to tour the Sixth Form with a member of our senior leadership team.

      A conditional offer will be made to internal and external candidates upon receiving their predicted GCSE grades. A firm offer will be made on GCSE results day.