Course Title: Chemistry

Exam Board: TBA


The outline of the course is as follows:

Chemistry will offer you a realistic but gradual gain in experience of the independent study skills needed in later life. You will be able to gain access to the most prestigious Universities, careers and professions with a good A-level grade in Chemistry. You will gain practical skills, and be required to practice your mathematical abilities in Chemistry lessons. You will learn how to present cogent arguments and how to collect and present valid and reliable evidence.

At home you will develop your learning style, focus on producing a high-quality file and support the work done in lessons with your own notes and revision materials. There will be considerable emphasis on the quality and presentation of the written work you produce, as well as you ability to show improvement over time.


Chemistry AS will no longer be offered at the ‘Math’ school from 2015 onwards; choosing Chemistry is now a selection of A2 Chemistry as a full course.

Chemistry A2 will have three final exams, with all practical skills and content now being assessed in the first two written exams. As such, practical chemistry will continue to have considerable emphasis, though all relevant questions will be mixed with others of a more theoretical nature in the end-of-course assessment. The exams will have 20% mathematical content.

The third and final exam (the synoptic paper) will require a mature attitude to study including wider reading and further research into Chemistry undertaken in your own time, outside of normal lessons, because the questions are designed to be hard to prepare for by content-based revision.

Admission Criteria

Entrance criteria for 2014 were: At least an A grade in GCSE Chemistry including a B in module C3. For those who studied a double award in GCSE Science, an A in module C2 is required.

Students who take Chemistry are strongly advised also to study Mathematics.

Additional Information

You must take Chemistry if you aspire to enter the Medical, Dental, Veterinary, Pharmaceutical, Biochemical or Chemical industries. You should take Chemistry if you would like to study Natural Sciences, Engineering, Oceanography, Geology or Physics, though it is not essential. You could take Chemistry to prove you have what it takes in very demanding A-level course to support an Oxbridge entrance in any subject area, though Law and Economics entries to elite universities will see the most benefit from this choice.

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