Are you interested in how new medicinal drugs are synthesised, how space probes identify elements on other planets or how athletes are drug tested or even how the body controls your blood pH?

A level Chemistry will answer these questions and more. It is also a highly practical subject that is a gateway to many high-earning careers. It is highly valued by all universities as it develops numeracy skills and logical thinking, and it is usually a requirement for entry into Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science.


Duration: Two years
Starting date: September 2019
Location: SRC Bede Sixth Form

You will build on the knowledge gained at GCSE to further explore the patterns in the Periodic table (Inorganic Chemistry), the reactions of carbon-based compounds (Organic chemistry), and how the speed (rate of reaction) and amount of products (equilibrium) can be monitored in a reaction (Physical Chemistry).

The scientific theory behind the different branches of Chemistry is taught in a variety of ways to suit all learner types. Concepts are taught via practical experiments, the use of IT simulations and even playballs! Independent learning skills are developed and there is a focus on stretching the most able.

You will sit two external AS exams at the end of the first year. At the end of the second year you will sit three exams which all contribute to your final A level grade. To pass the practical element of the course you will perform and write up practical experiments throughout the two years.

To have achieved A*/9-C/4 grades in at least seven GCSE programmes, including GCSE English and Maths, and a grade B/6 in GCSE Science. (Additional Science is accepted, whilst Applied Science is not).

Protective Laboratory equipment such as lab coats and safety spectacles will be provided for you, however a scientific calculator will be useful.

Your practical mark (pass/fail) is reported separately to your final A level grade. All students so far have gained a pass in the practical assessment.

At the end of year one you will sit two internal exams to check your progress and make sure you are on track.

Apart from chemistry itself, students have gone on to a study a range of subjects at university from the traditional such as medicine, dentistry and veterinary science, to the less well known such as biomedical science, pharmacy, geology and chemical engineering. Some have progressed to less obvious choices such as accountancy, scientific journalism and chemical patent law.

  • Chemistry is taught by a highly-experienced teacher with a PhD in the subject, who has several outstanding lesson observations from both Ofsted and the College.
  • Each student is given a textbook written by the chief examiners and access to electronic resources to support their study.
  • Laboratories are well equipped and up to date, and class sizes are limited to a maximum of 20 due to the size of the facility.

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