Why should I study Chemistry?

A level Chemistry will give you an exciting insight into the contemporary world of chemistry.

Employers and universities view success at A level chemistry as a clear indication of academic ability. This subject provides an excellent base for a university degree in medicine, pharmacy and dentistry as well as the biological sciences, physics, mathematics, pharmacology and analytical chemistry. Chemistry is also taken by many law applicants as it shows you can cope with difficult concepts. Chemistry can also complement a number of arts subjects.

What skills will I gain?

During the course you will develop important transferable skills requested by both employers and universities. These will include investigating, problem-solving, decision making, mathematical skills and analytical skills. You will develop a wide range of practical skills through regular practical activities.

What will I learn?

You will learn about chemistry in a range of different contexts and the impact it has on industry and many aspects of everyday life. Emphasis throughout the course is on developing knowledge, competence and confidence in practical skills and problem solving.

You will learn how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

Entry requirements

As the A level course builds on GCSE work you will need at least a 8 grade in chemistry. Ideally this should be supported by a comparable grade in mathematics. An interest in finding out about chemistry in more depth is also important.

Examination Board: OCR

Mr A Long
Head of Department