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A Level Chemistry is a highly regarded and useful qualification for Higher Education and employment in a wide range of areas, particularly for those who wish to pursue a career in science, medicine, pharmacy and forensics. The course will allow you to develop a greater understanding of the world around us by an in-depth study of the composition of substances, the investigation of their properties and reactions, and the use of such reactions to form new substances.

Subject content

The course is split into six modules. You will study a variety of topics including the development of practical skills, foundations in chemistry, periodic table and energy, core organic chemistry, physical chemistry, transition elements, and organic chemistry and analysis.

This course is an award of OCR. Read the course specification.

Specific entry requirements

GCSE Grade 6 or above in Chemistry and another science or two Grade 6s or above in Combined Science. Plus GCSE Grade 5 or above in Mathematics.

Learning methods

Our Sixth Form campus includes purpose-built laboratories where you will be taught through a mixture of teacher-led sessions, group activities, independent study and practical-based learning.


Assessment is by examination. The Practical Endorsement is teacher-assessed.

Progression opportunities

Studying A Level Chemistry can lead to many exciting careers in healthcare, such as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and veterinary medicine. It can also be extremely useful for careers in the biological sciences, physics, mathematics, engineering, pharmacology and analytical chemistry. For students who wish to go straight into employment, there may be opportunities in laboratory work, the food industry, the health service and the chemical industry.

Meet the A Level expert

Katie Scott

Katie has a BSc (Hons) degree in Textile Chemistry and a PGCE from Leeds University. Katie is an experienced Chemistry teacher and has also worked in industry.

Katie said: “Chemistry is a widely asked for A Level by universities and employers. By studying Chemistry you will develop some very useful skills that can be applied outside the subject discipline. These include problem solving, numeracy, application and practical skills as well as a broad scientific background.”

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