Chemistry A Level

A Level Chemistry will develop your understanding of the properties and reactions of substances. You will have the opportunity to apply your understanding to familiar and more challenging new situations through a wide range of problem solving activities. Practical work is an important and essential aspect of the course. A pass in A Level Chemistry is required to study most Biological Science degrees including; Medicine, Dentistry; Biomedical Science and Nutrition.


Course Content

This is a linear A-Level course, taught over two years, with all the examinations completed at the end of the second year.

Content is split into six teaching modules:

  • Module 1 - Development of practical skills in chemistry

  • Module 2 - Foundations in chemistry

  • Module 3 - Periodic table and energy

  • Module 4 - Core organic chemistry

  • Module 5 - Physical chemistry and transition elements

  • Module 6 - Organic chemistry

    Students will produce a portfolio of their practical work to fulfil the requirements of the Practical Endorsement in Biology.

    At the end of the two years, students will take the following exams

    Paper 01: Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry - worth 37% of the final marks

    Paper 02: Synthesis and analytical techniques - worth 37% of the final marks

    Paper 03: Unified chemistry - worth 26% of the final marks.

You will also be required to hand in your lab book to show that you have completed the laboratory practicals

Entry Requirements

You must have an average GCSE point score of 5.5. You will also need to have at least the following grades at GCSE; GCSE Mathematics at grade B / 5; GCSE English Language at grades C / 5; GCSE Chemistry at grade B / 5 at least two other GCSEs from our specified range of GCSE subjects at grades C / 5; and a satisfactory reference

Duration and Delivery

The A Level qualification is a full time course achieved over a two year period with exams in May and June of the second year. The teaching year begins in September and runs through to the beginning of July. You will have 5 hours of lessons per week for this subject.


Good mathematical and communication skills are essential to be successful in A Level Chemistry. An A Level in Chemistry is highly regarded by Higher Education and can lead to many rewarding career paths.

Additional Information

Kingston College has well equipped laboratories for the study of Chemistry including up-to-date ILT supported by the College's virtual learning environment, Moodle. There is a textbook which students may purchase if they wish; all students will need to purchase a lab coat.


The exam board is OCR, and the specification is GCE Chemistry A (H432)


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