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 Ramsay


GCSE Chemistry gives students an insight into the chemical processes, reactions and transformations that impact on our daily lives, from the products we use, the buildings we live in and the food we eat.

Its structure allows opportunities for co-teaching and flexibility in curriculum planning because of unit overlaps with the GCSE Science A, Additional Science and Further Additional Science specifications.

It can contribute towards the Science component of the English Baccalaureate if students enter all four separate sciences – GCSE Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Computer Science – and achieve grades A* to C in at least two of them.

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A Level

Examination Board:    AQA

Specification:                7405

Course Leader:             Mr A Cameron

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What Will I Study?

The course is divided into the fundamental areas of Chemistry study: Organic, Inorganic and Physical.

Organic Chemistry

Accelerates the students’ learning from their GCSE Chemistry into the world of organic molecules. The students learn about the properties and reactions of the different families of organic chemicals. These topics in turn introduce the students to aspects of bio-chemistry, medicine and polymer synthesis.

Inorganic Chemistry

Builds on prior knowledge of the Periodic table and the patterns that can be observed within it. The students will learn how to explain those patterns and investigate the unique chemistry of the Transition metals.

Physical Chemistry

Explains the energies that drive chemical reactions by applying fundamental principles. The students can reveal the reasons behind the spontaneity of certain reactions and explain the lack of reactivity in others. These principles allow Chemists to manipulate the elements into unique chemicals and underpin the other two disciplines.

Practical skills in Chemistry will be taught throughout the content.

Entry Requirements

Students require a Grade B in GCSE Chemistry and Grade 5 in Maths or a Grade B in Additional Science and Grade 5 in Maths.


1 x 2 hour exam on Inorganic, Physical Chemistry and relevant practical skills for 35% of the A level.

1 x 2 hour exam on Organic, Physical and relevant practical skills for 35% of the A level.

1 x 2 hour exam on all content and practical skills for 30% of the A level.

Where Next?

Study of Chemistry or other Natural Sciences at University. Medicine and Veterinary Medicine courses often require Chemistry at A Level.





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