Chemistry is the study of matter and the chemical reactions between substances. It is a highly-regarded A Level subject – known as a ‘facilitating’ subject, i.e. valued when applying to a leading university. A qualification in Chemistry opens up a wide range of careers such as in engineering, manufacturing and branches of medicine, including nursing. It is often taken in combination with other Sciences and/or Mathematics.
Grade 6 or above in GCSE Maths plus a minimum of Grade 6 or above in GCSE Chemistry and one other GCSE Science subject or 6’s in GCSE Double Science.
As an international student you must:
The course consists of the following areas of study:
You will learn about the substances of which matter is composed and will investigate their properties and reactions.
Students will develop skills to allow independent learning and problem solving; a crucial element of being successful in this pure science subject. Practical work will be emphasised and students will be supported to complete the course with a practical endorsement alongside their A level qualification. Students will learn to answer questions by applying their knowledge to an unknown scientific situation.
There are three exams at the end of the two years of study:
It is always important to inquire about relevant work experience, particularly for students pursuing careers in medicine and veterinarian sciences. Also, if you would like to improve your mathematics qualifications, inquire about Core Mathematics alongside your main subjects.
This subject is well regarded by universities and employers. It is a challenging science subject which combines mathematics, analytical skills and problem solving, as well as linking to biology and physics. It is a course requirement for more courses than any other A level – particularly medicine, dentistry and veterinarian sciences, in addition to chemistry, chemical engineering and more. Chemistry is critical to the big issues facing our world, such as energy, climate change and feeding a growing global population, as well as cutting-edge development in materials science and biomedical sciences. It is also valued by other careers such as law and the financial industries for its high level of analytical problem solving, alongside dealing with highly complex and abstract scenarios.
All external exams are held in the summer of the second year of study. You will also participate in mock examinations as a practice in the Spring term.