Type of qualification – A Level
Exam Board – AQA

Course Description

Realise it or not, deep down we are all chemists. Every time we light a match, boil an egg or simply breathe in and out, we perform a chemical reaction.

In the A level, you will build on the chemistry you have studied in GCSE, and in some cases you will understand for the first time why these reactions happen. You will study the building blocks of life itself and build some of these substances for yourself.

Throughout the course, not only will you develop your practical ability but also your understanding of why and how we analyse the results of experiments.

You will learn a variety of practical skills underpinned by a broad theoretical knowledge of matter’s composition, structure and properties, reactions and interaction with energy. Chemistry is fundamentally an experimental subject so there are numerous opportunities to use practical experiences to link theory to reality.

Interesting fact about studying this at S6C

Chemistry at S6C is taught in modern, purpose built labs. The course involves lots of practical work which prepares you for the study of science at university.

The practical work is carefully planned to meet the practical endorsement certificate which is an essential part of the course.

Entry Requirements

To study this course you will need to meet the overall entry requirements on page 7 for Pathway 1 or 2 including a grade 6 or above in GCSE Chemistry.

Students not studying single sciences will be considered if they achieve a grade 6 or above. GCSE Maths must be at a grade 6 or above and GCSE English must be at a grade 5 or above.

Please see here for more information:

Chemistry Course Handout