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.

At A Level you will build on the Chemistry you have studied at GCSE, and in some cases you will understand for the first time why 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 develop 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. Our STEM club complements the Science courses by allowing you to develop your own practical project and maybe even gain a Crest Award.

Chemistry A Level provides an essential grounding for studying a range of degree courses at university. Previous students have gone on to study medicine, dentistry, biomedical sciences, pharmacy, material science, chemical engineering any many more. Practical skills gained also form a good basis for future work in laboratory work and high level analytical skills are valued by employers in many spheres.

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


The A Level course is examined through three exams at the end of the second year of study, two of which are based on the course content and the third is to examine your knowledge of practical work, skills and techniques. The exams will contain questions that test your mathematical skills which are worth 20% of the overall grade.

General Entry Requirements

5 GCSE qualifications with minimum grade 4

Subject Specific Requirements

Level 5 – Mathematics
Level 6 – Chemistry or Combined Science

Equipment Required: Scientific Calculator

What Our Students Think

“The support from staff is really good, especially if it gets tough. The small classes mean we can discuss everything together and learn from each other.”
Ellen, previously St Edmund’s Girls’ School