About the subject

A Level Chemistry allows 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.

The course is split into six modules which include: the development of practical skills, foundations in chemistry, periodic table and energy, core organic chemistry, physical chemistry, transition elements and organic chemistry and analysis.

Your tasks to complete

Before you start your Chemistry lessons you will need to be confident in the content covered in year 10 and 11. We would like you to look at some of the following topics that were covered in year 10 and 11 and create a summary page for each topic.

The topics are:

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding Structure and the properties of matter
  • Acids, bases and salts
  • Chemical and energy changes
  • Organic chemistry

One of the first topics in the A level Chemistry course is about calculations in chemistry relating to the mole concept to measurable quantities such as mass and volume.

Please complete the “Chemical calculations multiple choice quiz” then submit and check your answers using this link.

Please also complete the “Atomic structure and periodic table multiple choice quiz” then submit and check your answers using this link.

Pre-course reading

Please download the FREE KINDLE EDITION of CGP Head Start to A-Level Chemistry from the following link:

CGP Headstart to A-Level Chemistry

Oxford A Level Sciences CGSE transition to A Level Chemistry

Useful websites and other resources



2. OCR Revision Guides

Meet the tutors

Stephen Shaw

Stephen has a degree in Chemistry with Chemical Engineering from the University of Huddersfield and is an experienced A Level Teacher.

Stephen said: “By taking Chemistry you will develop some very useful skills that can be applied well outside of the subject discipline.  These include problem solving, numeracy and practical skills as well as a broad scientific background.  As a result, Chemistry is a highly respected and useful qualification for Higher Education and employment in a wide range of areas, such as medicine, pharmacy and forensics.”

Meet the tutors

Katie Scott

Katie initially qualified with a BSc(Hons) in Textile Chemistry from Leeds University. After spending 6 years in the high performance textile industry as a Technical Officer she changed career and graduated with a PGCE in Chemistry and Science from Leeds University. Katie has a wealth of experience spending 22 years in secondary schools teaching Science to all key stages and 10 of those years as Head of Science. She is now focusing on teaching A level Chemistry in a college setting.

Katie says ‘Chemistry is one of the most widely asked for A levels by Universities and employers due to the transferable skills students gain from following the course. Chemistry is exciting, enlightening and demanding and pushes students to their full capabilities’

Any questions?

Email us on info@barnsley.ac.uk

Call us on 01226 216 123