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Chemistry A level (New Linear A level) at Heaton Manor School

Course description

Chemistry is the central science; it has interactions with biological, medicinal, physical and earth sciences. The course studies the structure of molecules, their properties, synthesis and how they interact with each other to create new substances. Its range is enormous, from the simplest compounds like methane and sodium chloride to complex biological structures such as DNA and haemoglobin, which form the basis for life itself.


Course content

The GCE A Level course has been developed to follow on directly on from the double and triple GCSE science courses. Chemistry is popular with both sexes and is widely regarded as a good entry qualification for most university courses. The course includes a high proportion of practical activities such as quantitative analysis by titration and various organic synthesis experiments. There are regular practical sessions with marks awarded towards the final grade. The aim is to develop the skills necessary for the investigative skill component of the course and more importantly for your development as a chemist.

New Chemistry specification (2015 onwards). The content remains similar to previous years and below is a list of some of the content to be covered over the 2 year course:

  •  Formulae, equations and amounts of substance
  •  Atomic structure
  •  Bonding and structure
  •  Kinetics
  •  Equilibria
  •  Redox
  •  Inorganic chemistry and the periodic table
  •  Organic chemistry
  •  Modern analytical techniques

Entry requirements

In order to ensure that students have the necessary depth of understanding and essential knowledge and skills to be successful in A Level Biology, the entry requirements are a minimum of 2 B grades achieved in 2 of the following GCSE sciences:

  •  Core Science
  •  Additional Science
  •  Further Science
  •  Separate sciences (Biology. Chemistry or Physics).

Students must also have GCSE Maths to at least grade B standard.


Future opportunities

There are a wide range of Chemistry based degree courses available and Chemistry A Level offers entry to many non-science degrees. Most medical degrees have A Level Chemistry as a compulsory requirement for course entry.

There are many chemical industries in the Tyne and Wear area which take good A Level students as trainees offering day release to study up to degree level and beyond. Details about careers in Chemistry can be found at the Royal Society of Chemistry careers service at

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 July 2016

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