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A Level Chemistry at King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford

Course description

  •  To develop students’ knowledge and understanding of Chemistry.
  •  To increase their awareness of the applications of Chemistry in other contexts and in industry.
  •  Investigate and solve problems in a range of contexts.
  •  Opportunity to build practical skills through a range of experiments and investigations.

Course content

  •  Develops topics from GCSE such as structure and bonding, atomic structure, the periodic table and calculations.
  •  Organic chemistry (including synthesis and analysis).
  •  Physical chemistry (including a mathematical approach to energetics, reaction rates and equilibria).
  •  Inorganic chemistry (including transition elements and group chemistry).
  •  Develops competence and confidence in practical skills and problem solving.

Entry requirements

  • Interested in Chemistry and keen on practical work and problem solving.
  •  Chemistry has both practical and theoretical components. Many concepts are introduced via experiments.
  •  Some theoretical concepts are quite abstract and require a willingness to think of them in terms of models which we can visualise and understand.
  •  The mathematical demand of this new course is such that studying A-level Maths may be a distinct advantage. Students who wish to study Chemistry beyond A-level should take A-level Maths as many University courses require this.


  •  Total of 6 hours of exams (2 x 2 hours 15 minutes and 1 x 1 hour 30 minutes) taken at the end of the course.
  •  A wide range of question types including multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions.
  •  Knowledge and theory of practical skills will be assessed through these examinations.
  •  20% of the written papers covers the assessment of mathematical skills.
  •  Practical Endorsement log kept throughout course to give evidence of your competency in laboratory work.

Future opportunities

  • Chemistry is well worth studying for its own sake but it is also essential or highly desirable for many science-based degree courses, including medicine, veterinary science, biological sciences, pharmacy and related subjects.
  •  Development of transferable skills including investigating, problem solving, research, decision making, mathematical and analytical skills.
  •  The chemical/pharmaceutical industry is the largest manufacturing bloc in the UK and there are many other jobs which require analytical skills, e.g. in the food industry. (Local employers include Essex Water and Glaxo SmithKline.)
  •  Many careers require applicants to have scientific, analytical and numeracy skills, for example health and safety, environmental protection and IT.
  •  Chemistry is still developing, providing the key enabling technology for recent developments in areas as diverse as microelectronics, the human genome project and modern drug development.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford directly.

Last updated date: 01 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years