Exam Board - AQA


What is Chemistry A level and why study it?

Chemistry is a challenging, interesting subject that is a prerequisite for careers in medicine and many other science vocations. Students are able to develop their knowledge and understanding of chemistry to the necessary levels required to continue science to degree level.


Chemists conduct experiments to study how elements work in different conditions, test how they mix, and work out what they are made up of right down to the tiniest particle. The results can be ground breaking, colourful, explosive, or almost impossible to see.


Chemists use their experiments and knowledge to develop medicines, foods, fabrics and other materials, from neon lights to shatterproof glass. They also use it to understand the world around us, from why leaves change colour to discovering invisible pollutants in the air.


Chemistry is sometimes known as the ‘central science’ because it helps to connect physical sciences, like maths and physics, with applied sciences, like biology, medicine and engineering.


Topics studied include:

  • Advanced atomic structure
  • Redox reactions
  • Chemical Equilibria including Le-Chetaliers principle
  • Thermodynamics & Chemical Kinetics
  • Transition metal chemistry
  • Carbonyl compounds and Organic synthesis


Chemistry helps you to develop research, problem solving and analytical skills. It helps to you challenge ideas and show how you worked things out through logic and step-by-step reasoning. Chemistry often requires teamwork and communication skills too, which is great for project management.


Where next?

Chemistry is a facilitating A level qualification and is essential for university courses such as: Medicine, Environmental Science, Engineering, Toxicology, developing consumer products, Metallurgy (studying how metals behave), Space Exploration, developing perfumes and cosmetics, Pharmaceuticals, Energy, Teaching, science writing, Software Development and research.


It is often needed or recommended for: Biology, Medicine, other types of Engineering, Geography, Environmental Sciences, Materials Science, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Sports Science, Psychology, Zoology and Veterinary Science.


As a highly challenging A level subject, Chemistry is also highly valued as an academic and rigorous intellectual qualification that supports other courses such as: Law, Accountancy, Economics, Mathematics, Engineering, and Forensic Science.


What are the entrance requirements?

Grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry. Combined Science Grade 7-6.


Grade 5 in GCSE English language, Grade 6 in GCSE Maths.


Who do I need to see for more information?

Ms N Ahmed, Head of Chemistry