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Chemistry A Level at St Paul's Catholic School

Course description

A-level Chemistry can open doors for students wanting to pursue a career in medicine, engineering and biochemistry, amongst others. Chemists are interested in explaining the world around them through the interactions we cannot always see. Chemistry develops problem solving and analytical skills so it is an excellent partner subject to Physics, Biology and/or Mathematics.

Course content

Module 1: Development of practical skills in chemistry. Students develop their practical skills throughout the whole course. Students’ practical skills will be assessed through the Practical Endorsement in which 12 key experiments are carried out over the course.

Module 2: Foundations in chemistry. An important bridge into A Level Chemistry from the study of chemistry within science courses at GCSE level which provides learners with a knowledge and understanding of the important chemical ideas that underpin the study of A Level Chemistry.

Module 3: Periodic table and energy. Focus is on inorganic and physical chemistry, the applications of energy use to everyday life and industrial processes and current environmental concerns associated with sustainability.

Module 4: Core organic chemistry. Introduces organic chemistry and its important applications to everyday life, including current environmental concerns associated with sustainability.

Module 5: Physical chemistry and transition elements. This module extends the study of energy, reaction rates and equilibria, and the periodic table.

Module 6: Organic chemistry and analysis. This module introduces several new functional groups and emphasises the importance of organic synthesis. This module also adds NMR spectroscopy to the instrumentation techniques used in organic and forensic analysis.

Entry requirements

6 A*-C GCSE grades, a minimum of two must be at B grade and at least a C grade in Chemistry. Students must have achieved at least a C grade in all of their external assessments (examinations).


Students will sit three examinations at the end of the second year of study. The first examination covers units 1, 2, 3 and 5. The second examination covers units 1, 2, 4 and 6 whilst the final examination covers all units.

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Paul's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 10 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years