A Level

A-level Chemistry is a rigorous, challenging and ultimately rewarding course that develops students’ scientific skills and knowledge. In the first year students will explore the fundamental principles that form the basis of Chemistry and apply this to how Chemistry is used in the modern world. Wherever possible, students carry out experimental work to illustrate the theoretical principles they study.

The second year explores the big ideas further and allows students to develop a more sophisticated and comprehensive understanding of Chemistry, that prepares them for further study.

We study the AQA specification as it provides a comprehensive insight into different fields in Chemistry, including particles, energetics, organic chemistry, kinetics and redox reactions. We will build on the core principles you have learned at GCSE and develop and extend your skills and knowledge of this fascinating subject.

Career Path

  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Forensic Science
  • Veterinary
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Petrochemical Industry

More than just a course

Students will be challenged by the subject and will enjoy thinking for themselves. There are lots of opportunities to carry out hands on work in the lab and gain an insight into the relevance of Chemistry beyond the classroom.

Students will have access to a broad range of resources and experiences to facilitate their learning, and support for students is built into the course. Experimental skills will develop through a range of core practical’s that will allow students to gain the “practical skills endorsement” at the end of the second year.

Here you will work in small groups or individually on a variety of activities in the laboratory.

Unique Features

  • Practical subject
  • Students on the Academic Excellence pathway have the opportunity to research an Extended Project Qualification in a Chemistry related area
  • A chance to participate in the British Chemistry Olympiad
  • Essential for many scientific careers
  • Supportive and skilled teaching team
  • Day visits to a range of events and employers in the North West

Entry Requirements

ADVANCED PATHWAY: The traditional A Level pathway for those who may be thinking of University, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree Apprenticeship.

You will need to be passionate about Chemistry with a real determination to succeed. To study Chemistry A Level you must have achieved at least 5 GCSEs grade 4-9 including English Language and Maths at a level 6. (Grade 5s will be considered dependent on overall GCSE qualifications)

You must achieve 6s in your combined science qualification or if you have studied GCSE Biology, Chemistry & Physics you will need a 6 in Chemistry and a 6 in one other Science. In addition, it will be useful for you to study another Science or Maths at A level, although this is not compulsory.

Applied Science and BTECs do not provide a suitable grounding for the study of pure sciences at A level and BTEC Level 2 will not be accepted.

We are an inclusive College and will consider all applications on a case by case basis at interview.

“I like the way we learn in Chemistry, especially when I can try out new ideas by building models and trying out structures on whiteboards. I have been really well supported to pursue my career of choice and I am looking forward to progressing on to University to study Veterinary Science.”

Amber Hirst