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Learn more about Chemistry

Why study this subject?

A Level Chemistry will give you an exciting insight into the contemporary world of chemistry. It covers the key concepts of chemistry and practical skills are integrated throughout the course. This combination of academic challenge and practical focus makes the prospect of studying A Level Chemistry highly appealing.

You will learn about chemistry in a range of different contexts and the impact it has on industry and many aspects of everyday life. You will learn to investigate and solve problems in a range of contexts.

Which Examination Board?


Does the AS count towards the A Level or is it a standalone qualification?

The AS can be taken as a standalone qualification at the end of Year 12 but it also counts as 40% of the overall A-Level.

How will you be assessed?

All Students sit the AS examinations in June of Year 12.

  • Unit 1: The Language of Chemistry: 1 hour 30 minutes: 20% of A level qualification
  • Unit 2: Energy, Rates and Carbon Chemistry: 1 hour 30 minutes: 20% of A level qualification.

Students will complete the A Level examination qualification in June of Year 13.

  • Unit 3: Physical and Inorganic Chemistry: 1 hour 45 minutes: 25%
  • Unit 4: Organic Chemistry and Analysis: 1 hour 45 minutes: 25%
  • Unit 5: Practical Examination: 10% (This consists of two parts: Experiment Task and Practical Methods and Analysis Task. These are examined in the Spring term of Year 13 and each worth 5% of the Practical mark.)


Students are allowed to re-sit AS units to improve their overall grade if necessary, in Year 13.

What is the outline content over 2 years?

In Year 12 students study basic chemical concepts, the periodic table, thermochemistry, rates and an introduction to organic chemistry. In Year 13 the course covers more in-depth physical, inorganic and organic chemistry. Practical skills are taught in tandem with theory to complement student understanding.