Chemistry

Why should I study Chemistry?
Chemistry is a highly rewarding, interesting and challenging subject that is prized by universities and employers alike. In addition to gaining the skills necessary to become an outstanding chemist, you will also gain many valuable transferable skills necessary to be successful in the world of work.

Once you have gained a Chemistry A-Level you may wish to continue your studies at university and pursue a scientific degree or other degree, such as law or accounting, where the skills gained on the A-Level course are put into practice. Alternatively, as having a Chemistry A-Level will make you attractive to employers, you may wish to enter the job market. If you enjoy finding out about this extraordinary world that we live in and why reactions happen (often in exciting ways!), then this is the subject for you. All we ask is that you are ready for a challenge!

What will I study?
In Year 12, you will study:
• Practical skills in chemistry
• Foundations in chemistry including atoms, compounds and molecules and bonding and structure
• The periodic table and energy including periodicity, qualitative analysis and reaction rates and equilibrium
• Core organic chemistry including hydrocarbons, alcohols and haloalkanes and infrared spectroscopy (IR) and mass spectrometry

(MS)In Year 13, you will study:
• Practical skills in chemistry
• Physical chemistry and transition elements including enthalpy, entropy and free energy and redox and electrode potentials
• Organic chemistry and analysis including aromatic compounds, carboxylic acids and esters, polymers and NMR

What are the entry requirements?
Please refer to our Course Specific Entry Requirements table here