Subject Information

A full appreciation of the universe is not possible without an understanding of the nature and behaviour of the substances that make it up. Chemistry not only provides this understanding but goes even further. It equips those who study it with the knowledge needed to manipulate substances on an atomic level to create new materials that can revolutionise human civilisation. History has shown this to be the case in many areas including modern medicine, batteries, fuels, construction, transport, agriculture and computing. The aim of the course is to develop a deep understanding within our students in a stimulating and enjoyable way.

Throughout the course there is a strong emphasis on developing this deep understanding through practical work, independent study, problem solving and discussion. The development of practical skills through a specially designed set of investigations is linked closely to theory through conventional lessons and smaller group tutorials. Additional support sessions are also provided all year round with even more support given near exam time.


Year 12 Units:

Physical Chemistry: Ia and Ib

Organic Chemistry: Ia and Ib

Inorganic Chemistry: Ia and Ib

Year 13 Units:

Physical Chemistry: IIa and IIb

Organic Chemistry: IIa and IIb

Inorganic Chemistry: IIa and IIb

The new changes to A-levels gives students two routes. Students can either complete an AS level in one year or an A-level over two years. The main change here is that AS exams no longer count towards an A-level. Students do not need to make a decision on the route at this stage.

AS Chemistry (students intending to study for only 1 year):

·         Paper 1 (Physical + Inorganic Chemistry + Practical Skills) 50%

·         Paper 2 (Physical + Organic Chemistry + Practical Skills) 50%

·         Students will also have to pass practical competency skills checks throughout the year.

A Level Chemistry (students intending to study for 2 years):

·         Paper 1 (Physical + Inorganic Chemistry) 35%

·         Paper 2 (Physical + Organic Chemistry) 35%

·         Paper 3 (Practical Skills) 30%

·         Students will also have to pass practical competency skills checks throughout the year.

By having the exams at the end of the two years of study this will give the students and teachers the freedom to develop a deeper understanding of the subject.


With the modern economies relying more and more on innovation in Science and Technology studying Chemistry can lead to a secure and fulfilling career path. Chemistry A-level is required not only for the study of Chemistry at university but for a number of other subjects. Of particular note are the subjects Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine. Additionally, the style of thinking employed within the study of Chemistry, is regarded as highly desirable for many other courses, such as Finance, Accountancy, Economics and Law.

Further Information

Please see:

Mr Lawlor (Head of Chemistry)
Mr Atkins
Mr Calland
Mr Target
Mrs Wright