By choosing to study A-Level Chemistry, you will not only develop extensive knowledge of Chemistry and its relevance outside of the laboratory, but also gain a variety of practical skills including health and safety and data analysis skills.
A-Level Chemistry will also allow you to explore the role that Chemistry plays within society and the economy and appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues.
A specific arrangement of units is required for certification, made up of three AS-Level units and three A2 level units. You will study six units and the assessment for A-Level Chemistry is by coursework and exams. There is also a significant amount of practical assessment in the exams.
Over the course, you will undergo at least 360 guided learning hours over a two-year period. These guided learning hours are levels set by the government on how much time the tutor at your sixth form or college has to be present to give guidance (such as lectures, tutorials etc.) towards your award.
- AQA AS-Level Chemistry
The first unit, Foundation Chemistry explores fundamental principles of chemistry, including particles, electron arrangements, mass numbers, equations, bonding, Periodic Table and organic chemistry. The Chemistry in Action unit explores energetics, kinetics, equilibria, analytical techniques, metal extraction and redox reactions. The Investigative and Practical Skills in AS Chemistry will allow you to carry out a range of experiments to assess your knowledge of the first two AS units.
- Edexcel AS-Level Chemistry
The Core Principles of Chemistry will develop your basic chemical skills of formulas, equations, chemical quantities, bonds and organic chemistry. Application of Core Principles of Chemistry explores further types of bonds, redox reactions and green chemistry. Chemistry Laboratory Skills 1 are practical assessments based on your knowledge of the first two units.
- WJEC AS-Level Chemistry
Controlling and Using Chemical Changes and Properties and Structure and Bonding explores atoms, calculations, chemical change, synthesis, maintenance of the environment, kinetics and energetics and many other key chemical concepts. Application of chemistry principles to problems encountered in the production of chemicals and of energy unit, allows you to apply your knowledge practically.
- CCEA AS-Level Chemistry
The unit Basic Concepts in Physical and Inorganic Chemistry will allow you to study atomic structure and bonding, the Periodic Table, redox reactions and equations. Further Physical and Inorganic Chemistry and Introduction to Organic Chemistry focuses on organic chemistry and you will also study equilibrium, kinetics, thermochemistry and analytical chemistry. The Internal Assessment unit is under controlled conditions and these practical tasks allow you to demonstrate your AS-Level knowledge.
- OCR AS-Level Chemistry
The first unit, Atoms, Bonds and Groups will explore atoms, reactions, electrons, bonding, structure and the Periodic Table. The second unit, Chains, Energy and Resources will explore basic chemical concepts, energy and green chemistry. The third unit, Practical Skills in Chemistry 1 is a practical unit that draws together knowledge from the first two units.
- University of Cambridge International Examinations AS-Level Chemistry
The AS-Level includes physical chemistry such as bonds, atomic structures, states of matter, energetics, electrochemistry, equilibria, reaction kinetics, inorganic chemistry, Periodic Table, applications of chemistry and analytical chemistry. There is also practical assessment as well as written papers.
The A2 Chemistry is the equivalent of the second year of study of A-Level Chemistry. This is not a separate award. The A2 –Level Chemistry with the AS-Level Chemistry makes up the A-Level Chemistry. The A2-Level Chemistry will further develop your knowledge from AS-Level Chemistry.
- AQA A2 Chemistry
Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry will further develop your knowledge of physical chemistry. You will also explore acids and bases. The Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry unit will allow you to study thermodynamics and redox equilibria. The Investigative and Practical Skills in A2 Chemistry unit allows you to demonstrate your knowledge practically.
- Edexcel A2 Chemistry
General Principles of Chemistry I – Rates, Equilibria and Further Organic Chemistry will allow you to study chemical kinetics and organic reactions and develop your chemical knowledge from the AS-Level. General Principles of Chemistry II – Transition Metals and Organic Nitrogen Chemistry explores electrode potentials and further chemistry. The Chemistry Laboratory Skills II unit has practical assessments to cover content of the other two A2 units.
- WJEC A2 Chemistry
The unit Analysing and Building molecules will develop your knowledge of chemical structures and A-Level Physical and Inorganic Chemistry also builds on your AS knowledge. The final unit is Practical Chemistry that assesses your A-Level knowledge.
- OCR A2 Chemistry
The first unit, Rings, Polymers and Analysis looks in detail at rings, acids, amines, polymers and synthesis. The Equilibria, Energetics and Elements unit will allow you to explore rates, pH, equilibrium, energy and transition elements. The final unit, Practical Skills in Chemistry 2 is an assessed practical unit.
- CCEA A2 Chemistry
Periodic Trends and Further Organic, Physical and Inorganic Chemistry will develop your knowledge further from your AS-Level study. This unit also includes environmental chemistry. The Analytical, Transition Metals, Electrochemistry and Further Organic Chemistry unit will develop your analytical chemistry knowledge further and you will also explore inorganic and polymer chemistry. The Internal Assessment is a practical exam that will explore your A2 and AS knowledge.
- University of Cambridge International Examinations A2 Chemistry
This will further develop your knowledge of AS content and will also be assessed by practical examination and written papers.
A-Level Chemistry Exam Board Information
- The AQA A-Level Chemistry specification is available on the AQA website.
- The specification for the WJEC AS and A-Level Chemistry is available here.
- The CCEA AS-Level and A-Level Chemistry specification is available on their website.
- The Edexcel AS and A-Level Chemistry specification is available from their website.
- The specification for the OCR AS and A-Level Chemistry is available here.
- University of Cambridge International Examinations A-Level Chemistry specification is available on their website.
Most people study A-Level Chemistry so that they can study Chemistry or Chemistry-based subjects such as Chemical Engineering at University. A number of students will also wish to become Chemistry teachers. A-Level Chemistry may be a requirement if you want to apply for Medicine, Veterinary Sciences or Pharmacy. A-Level Chemistry can also be an advantage for other health and medical professions, such as Optometry, Dentistry and Nursing.
You may also find A-Level Chemistry helpful if you are wishing to study subjects such as Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biomedical Sciences or Biology.
Other Useful Information
- Edexcel past papers and exemplar materials are available on their website.
- AQA past papers for A-Level Chemistry are available on their website.
- Past papers and a student guide are available on the CCEA website.
- OCR past papers are available on their website.
- WJEC have a variety of specimen assessment materials and student resources that include study guides.
- University of Cambridge International Examinations A-Level Chemistry question papers are available here.
- Revisionworld have a variety of Chemistry revision resources for AS and A2.
- A-levelchemistry.co.uk offer resources for AQA and OCR A-Level Chemistry.
- Links to chemistry resources are available here.