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.
Further information on the Chemistry A Level can be found on the AQA website.
- Unit 1 – Foundation Chemistry
- Unit 2 – Chemistry in Action
- Unit 3 – Investigative and Practical Skills
Unit 4 – Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry
Unit 5 – Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry
Unit 6 – Investigative and Practical Skills
Unit 1 – 100% Exam
- Unit 2 – 100% Exam
- Unit 3 - 100% Exam
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.