The course is taught over two years with AS exams at the end of the first year. The exams at the end of the second year make up 100% of the A-Level grade and can cover any topic of the full two years. There is no coursework now, but there is a separate qualification for the practical endorsement. Developing practical skills is an integral part of the course and they are used to make sure students are confident with the techniques and understanding of the Chemistry. The course is broken up into 6 teaching units across 2 years. The units studied are:
Breadth in Chemistry – 90 minute exam – 50% of AS Level
Depth in Chemistry – 90 minute exam – 50% of AS Level
Periodic Table, Elements and Physical Chemistry – 135 minutes – 37% of total A-Level
Synthesis and Analytical Techniques – 135 minutes – 37% of total A-Level
Unified Chemistry – 90 minutes – 26% of total A-Level
Practical Endorsement in Chemistry. Non examined, assessed throughout the A-Level based on experiments and awarded separately to the Chemistry A Level.
Chemistry is a versatile A-Level that leaves open a lot of options. Chemistry is a desirable degree with many potential careers but there is also biochemistry, medicine, veterinary science and many more.
Below are some of the destinations of previous students:
- Pharmacy, Nottingham University
- Veterinary Science, Royal School of Veterinary Science
- Biochemistry and Genome Science, Portsmouth University
- Medicine, University of Leicester