A Level Chemistry

What will I study?
All students will study 10 topics in Year 12 and complete the required practical assignments. Students continuing with Chemistry into Year 13 will study topics 11 to 17 plus complete the required practical assignments.

Year 12 and 13
The course is divided into short topics which include:

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding and structure
  • Redox
  • Inorganic chemistry and the periodic table
  • Formulae, equations and amounts of substance
  • Organic chemistry
  • Modern analytical techniques
  • Energetics
  • Kinetics
  • Equilibrium
  • Acid-base equilibrium
  • Transition metals
  • Practical endorsement

What do I need to study the course?
GCSE Grade 6 or above in Chemistry and one other science (GCSE Biology or GCSE Physics) or Grade 6:6 or above in GCSE Combined Science. Grade 5 or above in Mathematics and English Language.

How will I be assessed?
The course is assessed by linear examinations. A Level students are examined on all topics at the end of Year 13, two papers of 30% each on specified content and a synoptic paper of 40%, total marks.
​A practical certificate is awarded to students who demonstrate the required level of competence over the two years of practical work.

Where will A Level Chemistry lead me?
Students who have studied Chemistry at Holy Cross Sixth Form have gone into the medical professions, some of which are listed above, as well as Pharmacy.  Careers also include:  research and development into new products like plastics, drugs, fuel, pesticides;  environmental  work  and Forensic Science.  Chemistry teachers are in demand and there are incentives to train.