Chemistry A Level

Flame test using a hydrogen balloonWe follow Edexcel GCE Chemistry. The department is well resourced in terms of both equipment and facilities. We have spacious laboratories comprising of wet and dry areas, with ICT projection facilities. The department also has a set of laptops for classroom based data-logging activities. Practical enquiry is at the forefront of theoretical application and therefore is an integral part of our A Level course.

Chemistry is a wide ranging scientific experience involving the skills of practical work, investigation, classification, calculation and application of theory. It touches upon a number of other subjects to the extent that it compliments a varied range of A Level choices. A Level Chemistry is very popular within the school and we are proud of a fine record in examinations.

Examination Board: EDEXCEL (London Examinations)


The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Chemistry consists of three externally examined papers and the Science Practical Endorsement.

Flame test using a hydrogen balloonStudents will be assessed by three written papers taken in the summer of the final year. The three examinations will consist of two 1 hour 45 minutes papers consists of 90 marks and a 2 hour 30 minutes synoptic paper consisting of 120 marks.

The examinations will include multiple-choice, short open, open-response, calculations and extended writing question and some questions will assess conceptual and theoretical understanding of experimental methods.

Students will be assessed separately for the Science Practical Endorsement. The Endorsement will not contribute to the overall grade for this qualification, but the result will be recorded on the student’s certificate.

Where it leads

A Level Chemistry is essential for Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Pharmacology and Physiotherapy. It goes with Biology, Geography, Physics and Mathematics and is often referred to as the central science. Many University courses combine Chemistry with a modern foreign language. A level Mathematics can be useful when studying a degree in Chemistry. A Level Chemistry paves the way for a wealth of career opportunities, from the chemical industry to Law!

Entry Guidelines

A grade in GCSE Chemistry, or A grades in GCSE Additional Science as well as an A grade in GCSE Science (or equivalent). There is only a little real Mathematics in A Level Chemistry but good basic numeracy is a great help, therefore the minimum of an A in GCSE Mathematics is advisable.

Thermite combustion
A popular demonstration for redox chemistry: a highly exothermic reaction between iron oxide and aluminium, producing molten iron. Traditionally used to mend broken railway tracks in situ.