The aim of the course is to stimulate curiosity, interest and enjoyment of Chemistry and to equip students for further studies requiring a scientific background by developing safe experimental and investigative abilities, and to acquire a systematic body of chemical knowledge, including the uses and limitations of Chemistry.
Course Content – Year 12
Atomic structure, Calculations, Bonding, Energetics,
Kinetics, Equilibria, Redox
The Periodic Table, Group 2, Group 7
Oil & Alkanes, Alkenes, Alcohols, Haloalkanes,
Course Content – Year 13
Thermodynamics, Rate equations, Equilibrium constants, Electrochemistry, Acids & bases
Period 3 elements, Transition metals, Reactions of inorganic ions
Isomerism, Carboxylic acids, Aromatic Chemistry, Amines, Polymers, Amino acids, Synthesis, Spectroscopy & Chromatography
At the end of the course you will be assessed in three examinations, each of which will be 2 hours. There will be a mixture of short and long answer questions, multiple choice and practical questions. Paper 3 is mainly practical Chemistry questions.
These are assessed by the teacher during lessons and laboratory books are moderated by an external assessor from the examination board. If a student passes the practical requirements of the course, they will receive practical endorsement on their A-level certificate, in addition to their grade achieved in the theory. However, a student may still achieve a very high grade in the course without receiving practical endorsement if their practical work or record keeping is not of a satisfactory standard. Practical questions also appear on the written examinations, as such we do lots of practical work to ensure our students are fully prepared to answer such questions.
Homework consists mainly of structured questions, or problems connected with practical work. Students at this level are expected to take more responsibility for their own learning: model answers for all questions may be distributed to students with their marked scripts. Staff go through common mistakes and are available to go through individual problems at designated clinics which run both at lunchtimes and after school. Staff may set alternative work to this standard homework as they feel appropriate.
Is this course right for me?
A-level Chemistry is a fascinating course that will provide you with an opportunity to study the details of how and why chemical reactions occur. Students who wish to pursue a career in a physical science, veterinary science, dentistry, optometry or medicine will almost certainly require this qualification to enable them to progress to University. However, Chemistry is known as an academic A-level subject and will also be highly regarded by Universities for people applying for a whole range of subjects. There is a significant amount of theoretical and mathematical content which could be daunting for some at first, but is a great intellectual challenge for many. There are also many opportunities for practical activities, which will allow you to practice your fundamental scientific study skills.
Practical competitions held at local Universities, visiting speakers and the Year 13 Synthesis and Spectroscopy Day in the laboratories at Manchester Metropolitan University.
What can I do next?
You could progress on to a University course in Chemistry, Applied Chemistry, Applied Science, or Chemical Engineering. A-level Chemistry is also normally required as an entry requirement for most Medicine and Dentistry courses.
Subject minimum entry requirement
Grade 6 or higher in GCSE Chemistry or equivalent.
“I find the Chemistry classes interesting and well structured.”
“The method of teaching is engaging and interactive. We do lots of interesting practical work to enhance our understanding of the work covered in lessons.”
“There is a big jump between GCSE and AS, but the teachers
Dr Zoe Saunders
Joint Head of Science