Chemistry A-Level

The AQA A Level GCE Chemistry specification is a natural progression route for those learners who enjoyed Chemistry at GCSE, especially those taking Triple Science, gaining a B or above.


This course will encourage you to:

  • Develop interest in and enthusiasm for chemistry, including developing an interest in further study and careers in chemistry

  • Appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society

  • Develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of chemistry and how they relate to each other


Chemistry A Level is designed to be taken over 2 years with all assessments taken at the end of the course.

Entry requirements

For Chemistry A Level  a grade 6 is required at GCSE Core AND Additional Science or a grade 6 In Chemistry GCSE.

Course Content

Year 12 Chemistry               

  • Atomic Structure, Bonding, Chemical Calculations, Periodicity and Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Alkanes.

  • Energetics, Kinetics, Equilibria, Redox Reactions, Group 7 and 2, Extracting Metals and Further Organic Chemistry.

  • Practical Skills in Chemistry AS

Year 13  Chemistry

  • Kinetics, Equilibria, Acids and Bases, Carbonyl Compounds, Aromatic Chemistry, Amines, Amino Acids, Polymers and Organic Synthesis and Analysis.

  • Thermodynamics, Periodicity, Redox Equilibria, Transition Metals and Aqueous Chemistry.

  • Practical Skills in Chemistry A Level


A Level
Paper 1  – Inorganic Chemistry  and relevant physical chemistry

  • 2 hours

  • 35% of the A Level grade

  • 105 marks of short and long answer questions


Paper 2—Organic Chemistry and relevant physical Chemistry
2 hours
35% of the A Level grade

105 marks of short and long answer questions

Paper 3—Practical Skills + any content

  • 2 hours written exam

  • 30% of A-Level

  • 40 marks on practical techniques and data analysis

  • 20 marks on any specification content

  • 30 marks on multiple choice questions

Future Prospects

Chemistry links well with other subjects at Level 3, developing analytical skills that can be utilised in other subjects.   A good grade in Chemistry A Level is a requirement for most university courses in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science and other medically-related degrees. A Level Chemistry also provides a useful background to a wide variety of higher education courses; for example, biochemical science, chemistry, food technology, human physiology, materials science, medical physics, nursing, sports science and even teacher training.

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