Chemistry A Level

Why Chemistry?

Chemistry is the study of the composition, structure, properties and reactions of substances. Chemistry seeks to explain everything that we see around us daily on a molecular, atomic or even sub-atomic level. From how the food we eat provides our bodies with energy for us to function to how the materials which make up the chair you are sitting on interact with each other to prevent you from falling to the floor. Chemistry explores the building blocks of all living and non-living substances and tries to explain why certain substances interact with each other, how they interact and what happens when they interact.  

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English level: 6
  • GCSE Maths level: 6
  • Other requirements: Grade 6 in GCSE Science at (Combined or Chemistry).

Structure of the course

The course consists of three written papers that will be taken at the end of Year 13:


  • Paper 1: Advanced Inorganic and Physical Chemistry 1hr 45 mins  
  • Paper 2; Advanced Organic and Physical Chemistry 1hr 45 mins 
  • Paper 3: General and Practical Principles in Chemistry 2hr 30 mins. 
  • Practical endorsement in Chemistry (Not examined – reported separately) 

Career opportunities:

This qualification can lead to careers in areas such as medicine, pharmacy and dentistry. It is also extremely useful for careers in the biological sciences, physics, maths and analytical chemistry.


Please note you will need a Chemistry A Level qualification if you wish to study medicine or veterinary medicine at university.


Chemistry can also be useful for people who intend to study subjects like law and philosophy, because it demonstrates an ability to understand difficult concepts.