Chemistry – AS and A level

Entry requirements

B or above at GCSE in Chemistry or Additional Science (not BTEC) and Maths.

AS course outline

  • Module 1: Development of Practical Skills in Chemistry: You will have many practical opportunities to develop your fundamental skills needed to collect and analyse empirical data.
  • Module 2: Foundations in Chemistry: This module provides you with a knowledge and understanding of: atomic structure, quantitative chemistry, reactions of acids, oxidation number and redox reactions, and bonding and structure.
  • Module 3: Periodic Table and Energy: The focus of this module is inorganic and physical chemistry, the applications of energy use to everyday life and industrial processes, and current environmental concerns associated with sustainability.
  • Module 4: Core Organic Chemistry: This module introduces organic chemistry and its important applications to everyday life: nomenclature and formula representation, functional groups, organic reactions and isomerism, aliphatic hydrocarbons, alcohols and haloalkanes to name a few.

A2 course outline

  • Module 5: Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements: This module extends your knowledge studying: energy, reaction rates and equilibria, and the periodic table in greater depth.
  • Module 6: Organic Chemistry and Analysis: This final module introduces several new functional groups and emphasises the importance of organic synthesis. This module also adds NMR spectroscopy to the instrumentation techniques used in organic and forensic analysis.

Where next?

Studying chemistry or other natural science at university. Medicine and veterinary medicine.