Chemistry – A Level


Exam Board: AQA


Why study Chemistry?  

Chemistry is everywhere in the world around you! It’s in the food you eat, the clothes you wear and the water you drink. It’s in medicines, the atmosphere, and cleaning agents. Chemistry connects other sciences – like Biology, Physics, Geology and Environmental Science – together. It links with many areas of everyday life and helps develop an understanding of current events and phenomena.

The course will provide a rewarding experience across the ability range, while genuinely challenging the most able students. There are many careers in chemistry, but even if you’re looking for a job in another field, the analytical skills you gain in chemistry are helpful. Chemistry A Level can open doors to a vast diversity of careers

What will I study?  

Physical chemistry Inorganic chemistry Organic chemistry
Structure and bonding Periodicity Alkanes, alkenes and alcohols
Energetics and kinetics Group 2 metals Organic analysis
Chemical equilibria The halogens Isomerism
Redox equations Period 3 elements Aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and esters
Thermodynamics Transition metals Aromatic chemistry
Electrochemical cells Reactions of ions Polymers
Acids and bases   Proteins and DNA
    Organic synthesis


At the end of the course learners sit three exams. They also complete a range of compulsory, assessed practical’s throughout the course.

Paper What is assessed


Paper 1

(2 hours)

Physical chemistry (year 1 content) and inorganic chemistry 34% of total A level
Paper 2

(2 hours)

Physical Chemistry (year 2 content) and Organic chemistry (year 1 and 2 content) 34% of total A level
Paper 3

(2 hours)

Practical skills and data analysis 32% of total A level


Studying Chemistry and learning the skills that it includes opens the doors to many career paths, not just those directly related to Chemistry. The possibilities are endless but include:

Doctor, Dentist, Vet, Applications chemist, Consumer products technician, Flavourist and innovation chemist, Sports scientist, Accountant, Fragrance evaluator, Atmospheric researcher, Finance manager, Medicinal chemist, Physiotherapist, Forensic scientist, Sustainability researcher, Publishing, Biomedical scientist, Pharmacist.