A Level: Chemistry

Key Facts

Exam Board — AQA
Course Code — 7405

What’s Chemistry like at A-level?

You will already have come across some of the concepts of chemistry at GCSE, the physical world of substances – how things are made up and the processes, reactions and treatments that can change them. At A Level, you will start to see how these ideas work together, and begin to grasp the universal principles that form the basis of chemistry such as atomic structure, bonding and periodicity. A Level chemistry also offers introductions to subjects such as organic chemistry, equilibria, polymers, aromatic chemistry, thermodynamics, energetic chemistry and inorganic chemistry.

What practical science do you do?

Chemistry, like all sciences, is a practical subject. Throughout the course, you will carry out practical
activities including:

  • Measuring energy changes in chemical reactions
  • Tests for identifying different types of compound
  • Different methods for measuring rates of reaction
  • Studying electrochemical cells
  • Preparation of organic solids and liquids
  • An advanced form of chromatography for more accurate results.

These practicals will give you the skills and confidence needed to investigate the way things behave and work. It will also ensure that if you choose to study a chemistry-based subject at university, you’ll have the practical skills needed to carry out successful experiments

Why should I choose Chemistry?

Students with a wide range of interests enjoy the chemistry course. Whether you want a job in medicine or industry, chemistry is the solid platform upon which careers are built.

It is an interesting subject requiring and developing a variety of skills. This course will provide you with a real in-depth knowledge of this fascinating subject, preparing you for further education or giving you the credentials to enhance your job options straight away.