Chemistry is the central science and impacts on all parts of our lives.  An understanding of chemistry is necessary to all other sciences from astronomy to zoology.  All of the materials used by engineers and technologists are made by chemical reactions and we all experience chemical reactions continuously, whether it be breathing or baking a cake, driving a car or listening to a battery driven MP3 player.  Chemistry is concerned with all aspects of molecules, their physical and chemical properties, their composition and structure, their synthesis and use in the 21st century.  This course will be of interest to you if you want to study chemistry, medicine, forensic science, biochemistry, pharmacology or related subjects.

Studying chemistry gives you an excellent qualification for a wide career choice within science, industry or commerce.  A chemistry student is numerate, analytical, and practical and has good problem solving, presentation and communication skills.  Jobs are to be found in small, medium and multinational chemical companies as well as in business, banking, accountancy, marketing, advertising, teaching, and the IT sector.


We live in an age of chemistry-based technology, and future demands will require chemical expertise in many areas of the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. There are many different areas you could work in for example; Research and development, Production, Marketing and sales, Management, etc.

Course Structure

Chemistry A Level is split into six modules:  Modules 1 to 4, constitute the stand-alone AS Level qualification; Modules 1 to 6, combined with the Practical Endorsement, constitute the full A Level.  The modules can be summarised as:

  • Module 1: Development of Practical Skills – this module underpins the whole of the specification, and covers the practical skills that students should develop throughout the course. The practical skills in this module can be assessed within written examinations and (for A Level only) within the Practical Endorsement.
  • Module 2: Foundations In Chemistry covering concepts required throughout the remaining modules.
  • Modules 3 and 4: AS topics. Module 3 is The Periodic Table and Energy. Module 4 is Core organic chemistry.
  • Modules 5 and 6: A Level topics. Module 5 is Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements.  Module 6 is Organic Chemistry and Analytical Techniques.

At AS Level:

  • Papers 1 and 2 can assess any content from Modules 1 to 4.

At A Level:

  • Paper 1 assesses the content from Modules 1, 2, 3 and 5
  • Paper 2 assesses the content from Modules 1, 2, 4 and 6
  • Paper 3 assesses the content from Modules 1 to 6.

The entry requirements for AS chemistry are:

  • Double award: one A and one B grade
  • Triple science:  an A grade in chemistry and one B grade from either biology or physics