Chemistry is the study of atoms, which we can manipulate to improve our surroundings and our own bodies.

The increased depth of study will develop literacy, mathematical, analytical, reasoning and visualisation skills. Students learn news ways to represent information in the form of energy diagrams and organic reaction mechanisms. Chemistry A Level is generally regarded as the pinnacle of academic achievement and as such it is a vital component for entry into many prestigious courses: Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine.

The Department is proud of its success, not only of enabling students to gain entry to Oxford University, Cambridge University, the Royal Veterinary College and many Medical schools, but also that many of our students have been inspired to pursue Chemistry and other related degrees.

Why Choose Chemistry

  • Pursue a Chemistry or Chemistry related specialist degree including Biochemistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry or Medicinal Chemistry.
  • Progress to a wide range of careers in sectors including Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare, Cosmetics, Perfumes, Environmental, Petroleum, Research and Education.
  • Learn core skills including problem solving, visualisation and experimental techniques. 

Exam Board

Further information on the Chemistry A Level can be found on the AQA website. 

Course Content

AS Chemistry

  • Unit 1 – Foundation Chemistry

  • Unit 2 – Chemistry in Action
  • Unit 3 – Investigative and Practical Skills

A2 Chemistry:

Unit 4 – Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry
Unit 5 – Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry
Unit 6 – Investigative and Practical Skills


AS Chemistry:

Unit 1 – 100% Exam 

  • Unit 2 – 100% Exam
  • Unit 3 - 100% Exam 

A2 Chemistry:

Unit 4 – 100% Exam
Unit 5 – 100% Exam
  • Unit 6 – 100% Exam

Trips, Activities and Extension

A2 Chemistry Trip, Central Research Laboratories, Oxford University

In order to better understand organic and analytical chemistry, students visit the laboratories to synthesise compounds and then determine their structure using Infra-Red Spectroscopy, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Mass Spectroscopy.