Guidance for Year 13

As our society becomes more technically advanced, the need for highly qualified scientists increases. Although Chemistry stands as a subject in its own right, it also acts as a bond between Biology and Physics. By studying Chemistry both at AS and Advanced GCE you will not only enjoy the challenge of understanding the fundamentals of the Chemical Industry but it will also support and complement the other Biological, Physical and Environmental Science courses.

How is Chemistry taught at GCE in the School?

The Chemistry GCE specification is organised on a modular basis and assessed by means of a number of assessment units.

Pupils studying for the AS qualification are required to take three assessment units.

Module 1  General Chemistry
Module 2  Organic, Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
Module 3  Practical Chemistry

Pupils proceeding to the full Advanced GCE qualification are required to take a further three assessment units.

Module 4    Further Organic, Physical and Inorganic Chemistry
Module 5    Analytical, Transition Metals and Further Organic Chemistry
Module 6A  Synoptic Paper
Module 6B  Teacher assessed Coursework

Individual assessment units may be re-sat once only. The better result will count towards the full award.

Key Skills

The AS and Advanced GCE in Chemistry offers a range of opportunities for pupils to both:
  • develop their key skills and
  • generate assessed evidence for their portfolios

in the following areas as level 3
  • Communication
  • Application of Number
  • Information Technology
  • Working with Others
  • Improving Own Learning and Performance
  • Problem Solving

What are the requirements for AS and Advanced GCE Chemistry?

Students who have taken the three Separate Sciences or Double Award Science at Higher Level are eligible to do "A" Level Science, provided they obtain at least Grade B at GCSE in separate Sciences or two Grade B's at Double Award (At least 65% must be obtained in the subject which the student intends to study at AS/A2 level. At least Grade B must be obtained in GCSE. Mathematics at Higher Level. Students taking Single Award Science are not eligible to do any of the Sciences at AS/A2 level.

What can I do with A Level Chemistry?
  • Industrial Chemist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Pharmacist
  • Medical Doctor
  • Dentistry
  • Food Scientist
  • Biochemist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Veterinary
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Environmental Science
  • Microbiology