A Level - A Levels

Start Date

5th September 2017

Course Duration

2 years


Full time


Newcastle Sixth Form College

Course Overview

A Level Chemistry attempts to answer the big question: What is everything made from? It’s the search for this answer that makes this subject so fascinating. From investigating how one substance can be changed drastically into another, to researching a new wonder drug to save millions of lives, the opportunities that chemistry provides are endless.

Exam Board Information


Progression and Career Opportunities

Studying a chemistry related degree at university gives you all sorts of exciting career options including:

• Analytical chemist.
• Chemical engineer.
• Clinical biochemist.
• Pharmacologist.
• Doctor.
• Research scientist.
• Toxicologist.
• Chartered certified accountant.
• Environmental consultant.

I decided to study chemistry as it plays an integral role in explaining the how the world works, from humans to modern technology and everything in between. Studying something as versatile as Chemistry means I have job options in France, teaching and research. So I can choose anything I want to do rather than restricting my job choice in the future.

Additional Information

What you need to know

Chemistry students should have a keen inquisitive mind and an appreciation of how science works. The ability to link previous studies to unfamiliar contexts is key.

Students will require GCSE Maths at grade B or above to apply for this subject. If you have studied three separate GCSE sciences you will also need a B grade in Chemistry. If you studied GCSE Dual Award Science you will need grade BB.

Want to get a headstart in A Level Chemistry?

We recommend that you work your way through Headstart to A Level Chemistry by CGP Books. This is an ideal way to bridge the gap between GCSE and A Level Chemistry. It recaps all the crucial topics you’ll need to remember from GCSE, with study notes and examples, plus practice questions to test your understanding.

Suggested reading

Keeping up to date with current scientific developments, theories and ideas is useful in developing your understanding of the subject. This is great for essay writing and staying interested in the varied world of science.

Learning about revolutionary people that are coming up with new ideas and concepts in the modern world can put historical discoveries in context and highlight just how important scientific discovery is to society.

Some useful websites:

Subject pathway

Students following a Science Pathway successfully combine Chemistry with Biology, Physics, Geology, Environmental Studies and Maths. Chemistry also provides students with data processing and analytical skills which can be useful in the study of Economics and Computing.

Enrichment opportunities that exist within the Chemistry and Physics Department include:

• Gold CREST award (where students can carry out a scientific investigation of their choosing).
• Chemistry Olympiad.
• A laboratory skills course.
• Cambridge Chemistry Challenge.
• Educational visits (CERN 2015 in Geneva).