Chemistry

Mrs S J Gibbs BSc Leicester, PGCE; Dr S C Turner BSc Heriot-Watt, PhD Sheffield, GTP

Examination Body: AQA

A Level Chemistry is a highly regarded subject and lends itself to many degree courses and pathways. A chemistry qualification opens doors to a wide range of careers. The food you eat, the clothes you wear and the technology you use all depend on chemistry. 

The Royal Society of Chemistry writes: In a complex and changing world, chemistry and the chemical sciences are essential. They are vital in our everyday lives and will be vital in helping the world respond to some of its biggest challenges.”

Entry Requirements

GCSE Chemistry or Double Award Science with a minimum B grade is required. If you only achieve the minimum standards you must accept that consistent hard work is essential for success.

Delivery and Assessment

The course is linear and consists of 9 topic areas. All pupils are entered in June of Year 13.

The work involves lectures and regular assessments. In addition, practical skills are assessed on numerous occasions, including 12 required activities which contribute to a Practical Endorsement. It is important that time should be spent outside the laboratory on productive reading and comprehensive study of the subject matter covered. The subject content is divided into three topic areas: Physical, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry, with the content of each examined by three written papers.

Jack Kelsall

Jack is in his second year reading Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, having achieved 4 A*s in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Further Mathematics. He enjoyed the extra-curricular activities in the Sixth Form and was a key founding member of the CASA club, the lunchtime activity where pupils can develop their rocket science skills.