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A Level Chemistry

A Level Chemistry


The country which is in advance of the rest of the world in chemistry will also be foremost in wealth and in general prosperity. - William Ramsey

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Why should I study Chemistry?

Chemistry is everywhere in the world around you. It is in the food you eat and the water you drink just to start! It is the study of matter and energy and the interaction between them. If you are interested how chemicals are made and analysed and how to extract elements from Earth’s crust then Chemistry is for you.

What will I study?

You will study the structure of atoms, molecules and elements, how they interact with each other and how to measure reactions. The units taught are inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry and biochemistry.

How is A Level Chemistry assessed?

Three, equally weighted, 2 hour exams at the end of Year 13 and six required practicals per year.

What can I study with Chemistry?

Because of its emphasis on critical thinking, analysis and mathematical skills, chemistry sits well with most other A levels. Many students study it with mathematics and the other sciences whilst others use it to complement arts or humanities subjects to give a more rounded portfolio of qualifications.

Where does a qualification in Chemistry lead?

A level chemistry is a good foundation for many scientific careers. For medicine, dentistry and veterinary science, chemistry is essential. All sports science careers benefit from a knowledge of chemistry. Science degrees are highly valued in all professions and chemistry trained professionals can be found in careers as diverse as banking and film directing.

Minimum subject requirements

Grade 6 in Chemistry or 6-6 in Combined Science and grade 6 in mathematics.

DACA Biology Alumni

Name: Lucy

High School: DACA

Subjects: Chemistry, physics and mathematics

Now studying engineering at Lancaster University.