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Chemistry A level at Wadham School

Course description

Chemistry is the study of substances; what they are made of, how they interact, what role they play in living things and how they are vital to every aspect of our lives. Careers in Chemistry are exciting and enjoyable, with lots of variety and opportunities. Successful Chemistry students prove that they can study a subject in depth, understand scientific principles and consider abstract concepts.

Students will enjoy chemistry if they have an enquiring mind and like practical science. They also need to like solving problems and have the perseverance to understand challenging concepts.

Entry requirements

Students must have at least 5 A*-C (or equivalent). Grades BB in Double Higher Tier or BBB in Triple Science provide evidence of the scientific ability required to cope with the study of A Level Science.


Exam Board - AQA

Students will be assessed both during and at the end of the course via internal and external module tests. Internal assessment of practical work takes place in both the AS and A Level courses and contributes to an assessment in ‘Practical Competence’.


Future opportunities

There is an extremely wide range of careers which could require chemistry, including agricultural scientists, biochemistry, engineering, petrochemicals, teaching, medicine and archaeology. Chemistry is listed as a preferred subject for more degree courses than any other subject. There is a shortage of trained scientists particularly in the chemical industry. A recent growth area has been the pharmaceutical industry offering scientists exciting opportunities.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years