Why study this course?

From the moment you are born, and throughout your life, you are surrounded by chemistry - the air you breathe, the food you eat and the clothes you wear - they're all chemistry. Chemistry is the study of substances; what they are made of, how they interact with each other and the role they play in living things. Whether you want to care for penguin colonies in Antarctica or work in a dynamic business environment, chemistry can help you achieve your goals.

From research in space, to the depths of the oceans, chemistry helps you understand the world around you and opens up lots of career opportunities. A chemistry qualification can take you almost anywhere.

How is the course structured?


•CHEM 1: Foundation Chemistry - 1 Hour 15 Minute Written Paper
•CHEM 2: Chemistry in Action - 1 Hour 45 Minute Written Paper
•CHEM 3T: Investigative and Practical Skills Supervised Task (Centre Assessed Unit).


•CHEM 4: Kinetics, Equilibria and 
Organic Chemistry - 1 Hour 45 Minute Written Paper
•CHEM 5: Energetics, Redox and 
Inorganic Chemistry 
1 Hour 45 Minute Written Paper
•CHEM 6T: Investigative and Practical Skills Supervised Task (Centre Assessed Unit).

What are the entry requirements?

It is recommended that students who take this subject at A level have had previous experience in GCSE Additional Science or GCSE Chemistry with a grade B.

Which other subjects link well with this subject?

Many chemistry students have opted for biology, physics or mathematics. However, our chemists have succeeded whilst studying a huge range of other courses including modern languages, history and art.

What career paths would this course lead to?

Chemistry is useful for such a wide range of career paths, that it is difficult to think of subjects were it would not be helpful! But here are a few ideas to whet your appetite:

  • Making medicines to fight cancer and cure disease
  • Developing exciting new ice cream flavours
  • Creating new make-up and hair products
  • Designing marketing campaigns
  • Making new materials for faster computers and more complex mobile phones
  •  Protecting the environment

What specific skills will I learn?

  • You will learn to work with abstract problems and construct complex models to explain chemical behaviours
  • Problem solving and working to briefs
  • You will learn numeracy skills to work out the answers to mathematical problems
  • You will learn literacy skills to describe and explain intricate behaviours
  • You will learn a huge range of practical skills in order to carry out subtle investigations with hazardous chemicals
  • You will learn to ask questions and probe into explanations, in order to put scientific theories to the test

What Extra Opportunities are available?

In the science department at Key Stage 5, we are very keen to recruit students into our exciting new Gifted and Talented Science Club. This year, we have constructed an electronic lie detector that works by detecting miniscule variations in the electrical conductivity of the skin. We are presently working on a large scale ‘mock clinical trial', to see if our contraption works!

Our most able chemistry candidates are encouraged to enter the International Chemistry Olympiad. This is a very prestigious competition and if you do qualify for the finals, they are held in exotic locations all around the world. Last year's finals were held in Tokyo, Japan!