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Science - Chemistry






Science Chemistry Mrs Sharma AQA A level

Course Entrance Requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is a grade 7- 6 in GCSE Combined Science.  For those students who have studied the separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs, they must achieve a minimum of grade 6 in ALL 3 Science subjects.  Students also need a grade 5 in English Language and a grade 6 in Maths. Equally important is an interest in and enjoyment of both the theoretical and practical aspects of the subject. 

Course Aims and Teaching

The aim of the course is to stimulate students’ interest and enjoyment of Chemistry and to give them the required knowledge to understand many aspects of contemporary Chemistry that affect their lives as well as providing an appropriate qualification for those who need Chemistry for their future studies or career.  Teaching will involve practical work, discussion and note taking, independent learning, demonstrations and some use of ICT.

Course Content

The content of the course builds on topics studied at GCSE, but these are dealt with in much greater depth.  A level Chemistry is a two year course. 

Year 1 Topics:

Physical Chemistry

Inorganic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

Atomic structure


Introduction to organic Chemistry

Amount of substance

Group 2 metals



Group 7, the halogens








Chemical equilibria


Organic analysis

Oxidation, reduction and redox


Year 2 Topics in addition to the above:

Physical Chemistry

Inorganic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry


Period 3

Optical isomerism

Rate equations

Transition metals

Aldehydes and ketones

Equilibrium constant Kc

Reactions of ions in solution

Carboxylic acids and derivatives



Aromatic Chemistry

Acids and bases






Amino acids, proteins and DNA


Organic synthesis


NMR spectroscopy




There will be 3 written exams of 2 hours each.  Students will be awarded a separate endorsement of practical skills, which will be assessed by teachers.  This will not be graded.  If students pass, it will be reported on their certificates.  Knowledge and understanding of practical work will be assessed in written exams.  About 15% of total marks in A level exams will be based on practical questions.

Progression and Careers

A qualification in Chemistry is vital for higher education courses in pharmacy, medicine and dentistry and many science based courses in biology, environmental science and engineering also require some knowledge of Chemistry.  Chemistry also opens up a wide range of careers in industry.  It is a vibrant and exciting subject.  The chemical and allied industries - fuels, pharmaceuticals, fragrances - are the most important manufacturing industries to the UK economy.  These industries employ large numbers of chemists in research, development, sales, marketing and management.  The intellectual training obtained in studying for a degree in Chemistry is also ideal for a career in areas not directly related to chemical sciences, such as Law.

Exam Board


Contact Name

For further information, please see Mrs G Sharma – Teacher in Charge of KS4/5 Chemistry.