Chemistry – Chemistry A Level


Considered to be one of the more challenging A Levels, Chemistry is a problem solving subject. Students will study the role Chemists play in a variety of relevant and current technologies, such as the development of new medicines and materials, climate change and alternative fuels.

Students enjoy developing expertise in a wide range of experimental techniques. Practical experiments are a key feature of the course.

Course Content

Students will study the structures, chemical and physical properties and reactions of elements and compounds. Practical work will be assessed in the written papers.

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

Students will do well on this course if they:

  • are interested in the Chemistry of the world around them
  • can work independently and to deadlines
  • can solve Mathematical equations and use graphs
  • can extract information from new sources
  • are organised, hard working and want to solve problems rather than be given all the answers

Mathematics is a core part of the course, so students should be confident working with numbers and using formulae in calculations.

Exams are taken at the end of the second year. The A Level consists of 3 exams.

Paper 1 and 2 are both worth 35% of A Level and have a total of 105 marks (Duration for each exam is 2 hours).

The papers consist of short and long answer questions.

Paper 3 worth 30% of the A Level covering both AS and A Level content and have a total of 90 marks (Duration for each exam is 2 hours).

The practical-based exam is designed to assess the application of practical skills knowledge and understanding studied throughout the course and will be examined in every written examination.

The exam board is AQA.

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips & Visits

The College runs a number of educational experiences each year to enable students to contextualise their learning.  In addition, the College runs a programme of visiting speakers, which includes representatives from Higher Education and Industry.


A Level Chemistry is essential for Chemistry, Biochemistry, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science at degree level. It is a preferred A Level for many other university courses, including Sports Science, Forensics, Environmental Science and any Biomedical Sciences. Employers have a great deal of respect for A Level Chemistry as it indicate’s a student’s ability to analyse information, make reasoned judgements and use their imagination.

Entry Requirements & Assessment

Students wishing to include A Levels in their programme need to have (or expect to achieve) at least five GCSE passes, with at least two at Grade 5 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme.

In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirements:

  • Grade 6 in Maths, Grade 5 in English plus Grade 6 in both Core and Additional Science or Grade 6 in Chemistry, if taken  OR
  • Grade 5 in Maths, Grade 5 in English plus Grade 6 and 7 in Core and Additional Science or 7 in Chemistry, if taken


What goes well with this course?

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Geography


How To Apply

Applications for entry September 2022. The application form for the academic year 2022-2023 is available to complete online here.

Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy. Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.



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