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A Level Chemistry at Ark St Alban's Academy

Course description

Chemistry A Level

The world we live in has been shaped by chemistry. Chemistry is everywhere and one reason why many students study chemistry is because they want to help change the world, through research and its application.

The A Level course aims to stimulate interest and enjoyment of chemistry, to foster imaginative, logical and critical thinking, to demonstrate the wider application of chemical knowledge, showing appreciation for social, environmental, economic and technological contributions to society. It integrates theory and experimental work, developing investigative and manipulative skills.


Course content

What will I learn?

There are six units in the full A Level: three for AS in year 12 and three for A2 in year 13.

AS Examinations


Unit 1 – Foundation Chemistry

Unit 2 – Chemistry in Action

Unit 3 – Internal Assessment Investigative and practical skills in AS Chemistry



Unit 4 – Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry

Unit 5 – Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry

Unit 6 – Internal Assessment Investigative and practical skills in A2 Chemistry


Entry requirements

Core Science and Additional Science at grade B, or Chemistry GCSE at grade B.

It is an advantage to have obtained at least a Grade B in GCSE Maths as students will be expected to carry out statistical analysis and calculations.5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths



How will I be assessed? 

In both years 12 and 13 students will undertake two modular exams worth 20% each. They are a combination of short and structured questions and include a synoptic element in year 13. The remaining 20% is based on the internal assessment investigation/practical skills modules. 

Future opportunities

Where will it take me?


A Level chemistry is an essential for requirement for those wishing to study medicine. Chemistry A Level also enables pathways into careers such as forensic science, physiotherapy, food technology, veterinary science, radiography, pharmacy, geology, food sciences, dentistry, optometry, nursing, engineering, science teaching, and archaeology, pharmaceuticals, chemical industry and biotechnology.




Chemistry A Level it is also a valuable support subject for students studying A Level Biology and can provide support for aspects of A Level Physics and Geography.


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September