Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Chemistry

Course Overview

  • A-level Chemistry is a stepping stone to future study, this specifications will support, inspire students, nurture a passion for Chemistry and lay the groundwork for further study in courses like pharmacy, biochemistry and medicine.
  • Chemistry is fundamentally an experimental subject and provides numerous opportunities to use practical experiences to link theory to reality, and equip students with the essential practical skills they need.

In addition to the exams students are required to complete the practical endorsement. This will be assessed by teachers and will be based on direct observation of students’ competency in a range of skills that are not assessable in written exams.

Visits to local universities to complete the practical endorsement using the latest equipment and techniques is a key aspect of the A Level course.

Qualification Details

  • Qualification: Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Chemistry
  • Exam Board: AQA


Course Teacher Profile

Mrs Arora

Mrs Arora


Mrs Arora is the Curriculum Team Lead for Chemistry in the Amethyst Sixth Form

Course Requirements

To enrol for the A Level Chemistry course you must have the following…

  • Maths Grade 6
  • English Grade 5
  • Chemistry 6
  • Must have GCSE

Year 1 Summary

Physical Chemistry 1

  • Atomic structure
  • Amount of substance
  • Bonding
  • Energetics
  • Kinetics
  • Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc
  • Oxidation, reduction and redox equations


Organic Chemistry 1

  • Introduction to organic chemistry
  • Alkanes
  • Halogenoalkanes
  • Alkenes
  • Alcohols
  • Organic analysis


Inorganic Chemistry 1

  • Periodicity
  • Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
  • Group 7(17), the halogens

Assessment Information

AS Chemistry consists of 2 Papers, each 1.5 hours long.

Paper 1 : Relevant Physical Chemistry topics, Inorganic Chemistry, relevant practical skills.
50% of the AS

Paper 2: Relevant Physical chemistry topics and Organic Chemistry. 50%, 1.5 hours, 

Year 2 Summary

Physical Chemistry 2

  • Thermodynamics
  • Rate equations
  • Equilibrium constant K p for homogeneous systems
  • Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells
  • Acids and bases

Organic Chemistry 2

  • Optical isomerism
  • Aldehydes and ketones Carboxylic acids and derivatives
  • Aromatic chemistry
  • Amines
  • Polymers
  • Amino acids, proteins and DNA
  • Organic synthesis
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy Chromatography

Inorganic Chemistry 2

  • Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides.
  • Transition metals
  • Reactions of ions in aqueous solution.

Assessment Information

A Level Chemistry consists of 3 Papers, each 2 hours long.

Paper 1 – Relevant Physical Chemistry topics, Inorganic Chemistry, relevant practical skills.
35% of A Level

Paper 2 – Relevant Physical Chemistry topics, Organic Chemistry, relevant practical skills.
35% of A Level

Paper 3 – Any Content, any practical skills
30% of A Level

Careers and Next Steps

Studying chemistry opens doors to a range of sectors and opportunities, meaning your future career isn’t restricted to the lab

Skills developed include;

  • Analytical Skills
  • Creative Thinking
  • IT Skills
  • Leadership
  • Multitasking

Careers choices for pupils who have studied Chemistry at A Level:

  • Analytical Chemist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Research Scientist
  • Scientific Laboratory Technician

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