Why study Chemistry?

The course aims to:

  • develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of Chemistry and how they relate to each other
  • develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
  • develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills
  • develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject
  • understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society (as exemplified in ‘How Science Works’ (HSW)).


What will I study?

Chemistry A – a content-led approach. A flexible approach where the specification is divided into topics, each covering different key concepts of chemistry. Teaching of practical skills is integrated with the theoretical topics and they’re assessed both through written papers and, for A-level only, the Practical Endorsement.

How will I study?

The lessons will be a mixture of teacher-led activities, practical experimental work and student presentations. At times you will be expected to work in a group and at other times individually.

Where could it lead?

Chemistry is an ideal subject to study at degree level. In addition, a chemistry A-level can prepare you for other Chemistry related courses including pharmacy and environmental chemistry courses. These in turn can lead to a wide range of career options.