Examining Body -
Grade 6 in Chemistry or Additional Science
& Grade 6 in Maths
This course aims to give you the skills and understanding
to make decisions about the way Chemistry affects your
everyday life by applying concepts into contemporary areas
of Chemistry, including:
• Climate change
• Green chemistry
• Chemical research
In addition, an A Level in Chemistry allows you to develop
a range of generic skills requested by both employers and
universities. For instance, an A Level Chemist will be able to
communicate efficiently and be an effective problem-solver.
Handling data will be a key part of your work, allowing you to
demonstrate information retrieval, numeracy and ICT skills. You
will build up a range of practical skills that require creativity and
accuracy as well as developing a firm understanding of health
and safety issues that surround the subject. As you become
more skilled you will take responsibility for selecting appropriate
qualitative and quantitative methods, record observations
precisely and critically analyse and evaluate methodology.
This course is suited to people who:
• have an interest in, and enjoy Chemistry
• want to find out how things work in the world
• enjoy applying their mind to solving problems
• want to use Chemistry to progress onto further studies
in higher education or support other qualifications or
enter Chemistry based employment.
new - compulsory
Chemnet Membership* £15
for two years (optional)
*Student branch of the Royal Society of Chemistry and strongly
There is no coursework component for A Level Chemistry.
Practical skills will be assessed by teachers and reported
separately to the A Level grade as a measure of practical
competency. This assessment will be based on core practicals
which will be completed throughout the course.
In addition, there will be assessment of some practical skills
in written exam papers – making the A Level 100% externally
assessed. All exam assessments for A Level will take place at
the end of the course.
Chemistry A Level is a two year qualification and you will only
be externally examined in the summer of Year 13. You will
be awarded a grade as well as the practical endorsement,
allowing you to demonstrate to a university that you are
both a theoretical and practical Chemist.
UK Higher Education institutions currently offer over 200 courses
where Chemistry is the primary subject. Over 500 courses contain
a notable element of Chemistry as well as allowing a degree of
breadth of study. These include Chemistry and Sports Science,
Chemistry and Politics, Chemistry with Computer Science.
The followingcourses either specifically requireor find it desirable
to have A Level Chemistry - Chemical Engineering, Medicine,
Veterinary Medicine, Biological Sciences, Environmental
Science, Pharmacy and Dentistry.
Most laboratory-based jobs benefit from an A Level Chemistry
qualification. For instance, a Dental Assistant or a Veterinary
Assistant. Many employers view success at A Level Chemistry
as a clear indication of sound academic ability.