Chemistry A Level

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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. A Chemistry lecture theatre is also available for excellent viewing of practical demonstrations. 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)


Flame test using a hydrogen balloonThe three units for AS are assessed by two written papers and a number of practical assessments. The A2 units involve two written papers one of these synoptic and a number of practical assessments throughout the year.

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

B 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 a B 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.

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Synthetic polymerisation reaction experiment U6, May 2010

The Upper Sixth Chemistry group have been studying natural and synthetic polymerisation reactions. Having all successfully made a short length of nylon rope, they mixed together sufficient chemicals to make a rather greater length of nylon. 2010 chemists finally beat the record held by U6 in 2005, manufacturing a single strand of nylon which stretched from the back of the Chemistry Lab to the entrance area of the Biology Department. (Click the images for larger versions.)

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Synthetic polymerisation reaction experiment