Chemistry A-level

With a competitive job market, it is important that you have qualifications that make you stand out to prospective employers and having a qualification in Chemistry will do this.

Chemistry provides you with many transferable skills including problem solving and logical thinking.

What topics/modules are covered?

This course is split into 3 main areas of Chemistry; organic, inorganic and physical. You will study all three areas in the first year, which includes topics such as: atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, periodicity, energetics, kinetics, equilibria, group 2 and 7, alcohols and organic chemistry.

In Year 2, you will cover the topics in more depth along with transition metals, acids and bases, spectroscopy, polymers and redox equilibra. There is a big emphasis on practical work throughout both years, with the practical element being assessed throughout the written examinations.

What are the entry requirements?

If you intend to study a programme of A-levels:

  • To study a programme of A-levels (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths if needed), you will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 9-4 including English Language (grade 4 or above).

If you intend to study a combination of A-levels and BTEC:

  • To study a combination of A-levels and BTEC Extended Certificate (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths or English if needed), you will need a minimum of four grades 9-4 at GCSE plus 1 BTEC equivalent. If you have studied a subject at GCSE/Level 2, you must get a grade at least at 9-4/Pass, if it is to be studied.

Additional entry requirements:

  • Chemistry GCSE grade 6 or above (studied as a separate science) or 6 in both GCSE Core and Additional Science. A minimum of a grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics is also required. It would benefit you greatly to take another science with Chemistry, such as Biology or Mathematics.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

How will I be assessed?

  • Examination – Paper 1
    A-level (35%) 2 hours
  • Examination – Paper 2
    A-level (35%) 2 hours
  • Examination – Paper 3
    A-level (30%) 2 hours

What can I do if I complete this course?

  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment

Career Path

With a Chemistry degree there are plenty of employment opportunities. Careers include medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, pharmacology, molecular biologist, environmental chemist and forensic chemist. Chemistry graduates in the UK earn around 30% more than someone with A-levels and no degree.

What qualification will I gain?

AQA A-level Chemistry (7405).

Start date



2 years.

Where will I be based?

Sixth Form Centre, South Sefton Campus.

Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

Last modified on Monday, 27 November 2017 10:35