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"I realised it was like a dating agency: the ions are the lost souls looking for mates; the electrolyte is the agency that can help them find each other”                                                                                                                             

                                                                                        Victoria Finlay, Jewels: “A Secret History“

A Level Chemistry A: Course Overview

Chemistry A is split into six modules combined with the Practical Endorsement, constitutes the full A Level. The modules can be summarised as:

Module 1: Development of Practical Skills               

Module 2: Foundations in Chemistry                     

Module 3: Periodic Table & Transition Metals

Module 4: Core Organic Chemistry

Module 5: Physical Chemistry & Transition Metals

Module 6: Organic Chemistry & Analysis

Entry Requirement

Grade 4 in Maths and English Lang plus at least 3 other GCSEs at grade 5

Subject Specific Requirements
Grade 6 in Chemistry/Combined Science and Grade 5 in Maths


Module1:  Development of Practical Skills

This module underpins the whole of the specification, and covers the practical skills that students should develop throughout the course.  The practical skills in this module can be assessed within written examinations and  within the Practical Endorsement.

Module 2:  Foundations in Chemistry

This module covers the fundamental concepts required throughout the remaining modules.

Module 3: The Periodic Table & Energy

Module 4: Core Organic Chemistry

Module 5: Physical Chemistry & Transition Elements

Module 6: Organic Chemistry & Analysis

A Level Paper 1 (37%) assesses the content from Modules 1,2,3 and 5
A Level Paper 2 (37%) assesses the content from Modules 1,2,4 and 6
A Level Paper 3 (26%) assesses the contact from Modules 1 to 6.

Future Applications 

Chemistry is an essential requirement for medicine, veterinary, dental, nursing and many other health related degrees. It is also necessary for careers in the chemical, pharmaceutical and materials industries. Many chemistry graduates pursue careers in marketing, banking, journalism, law, accountancy and many other sectors.


Alvin, Helena, Abdullah, Shayan, Jewel, Lauren, Roshin & Jenisa (Medicine 2020-2021)

Jacob (EDF nuclear chemistry apprenticeship 2021)