Chemistry

  • Exam Board: AQA
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Specific Entry Requirements: GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics 9-6 or GCSE Combined Science 9-9 to 6-6. GCSE Maths 9-6. Our advice is that BTEC or GCSE Applied Science is not suitable preparation for A-level Chemistry. Students currently studying these courses who wish to study A-level Chemistry should contact the Director of Sixth Form to discuss.

Chemistry is a challenging and stimulating subject. It has played a major role in improving living standards and is one of the most successful industries in the UK. In most cases, Chemistry is an essential subject for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and some Biological Sciences.

You will benefit from the following resources and facilities:

  • three specialised Chemistry laboratories and access to a Sixth Form Science study room and ICT lab.
  • four highly quaified teachers of A-level Chemistry and an excellent team of technicians.
  • a well-equipped department in terms of literary resources and the many different chemicals, apparatus and glassware needed to carry out post-16 practicals.
  • weekly support sessions.
  • links to local universities.

Lessons involve a wide and varied range of activities, placing an emphasis on experimental work. The course includes formal presentation of new ideas and concepts, discussion and student presentations and is designed to ensure that learning is enjoyable and enhances a student's enthusiasm for Chemistry and Science, and relevant to contemporary issues by building on previously studied concepts.

A Chemistry qualification at A-level provides the necessary skills to follow any science-related degree course or profession. It is also accepted for non-science careers such as accountancy and law.