A Level

A-level Chemistry is a rigorous, challenging and ultimately rewarding course that develops students’ scientific skills and knowledge. 


Assessment is entirely exam-based, with three papers taken at the end of the second year.  In the first year, students will explore the fundamental principles that form the basis of Chemistry and apply this to how Chemistry is used in the modern world.

Wherever possible, students carry out experimental work to illustrate the theoretical principles they study.  The second year explores the big ideas further and allows students to develop a more sophisticated and comprehensive understanding of Chemistry.

We study the AQA specification as it provides a comprehensive insight into different fields in Chemistry, including particles, energetics, organic chemistry, kinetics and analysis.  We will build on the core principles you have learned at GCSE and develop and extend your skills and knowledge of this fascinating subject.

Career Path

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Forensic Science
  • Veterinary Science
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Petrochemical Industry

More than just a course

A level chemistry is highly valued by universities and employers as it enables students to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Chemistry is a practical subject, and the AQA specification provides lots of opportunities to enjoy hands on laboratory work across the range of chemical disciplines, enabling students to gain the “practical skills endorsement” at the end of the second year.

Our students have access to a broad range of resources and experiences to facilitate their learning, and support for students is built into the course. Teaching staff are qualified chemists, dedicated to helping all students achieve their potential and their career goals.

Rigorous and accurate assessment methods are used to monitor progress and set challenging targets. We aim to nurture a passion for the subject and lay the foundation for future study

Unique Features

  • Practical subject
  • Students on the Academic Excellence pathway have the opportunity to research an Extended Project Qualification in a Chemistry related area
  • A chance to participate in the British Chemistry Olympiad
  • Essential for many scientific careers
  • Supportive and skilled teaching team
  • Day visits to a range of events and employers

Entry Requirements

ADVANCED PATHWAY: The traditional A Level pathway for those who may be thinking of University, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree Apprenticeship.

You will need to be passionate about Chemistry with a real determination to succeed. To study Chemistry A Level you must have achieved at least 5 GCSEs grade 4-9 including English Language and Maths at a level 6. (Grade 5s will be considered dependent on overall GCSE qualifications)

You must achieve 6s in your combined science qualification or if you have studied GCSE Biology, Chemistry & Physics you will need a 6 in Chemistry and a 6 in one other science. In addition, it will be useful for you to study another science or Maths at A level, although this is not compulsory.

Applied Science and BTECs do not provide a suitable grounding for the study of pure sciences at A level and BTEC Level 2 will not be accepted.

We are an inclusive College and will consider all applications on a case by case basis at interview.

Students achieved 100 % pass rate in A Level chemistry, with many going on to study a range of subjects at university.