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What will I learn?

Chemistry is the study of the properties and reactions of substances. It is a science subject, so practical work is an important element.

AS level
To achieve a certificate in Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Chemistry you will need to have been assessed on your performance in two AS exams. Both are examined in written papers and reflect the Chemical knowledge you have gained.
A2 Level
To achieve a certificate in Advanced General Certificate of Education (GCE) in Chemistry, you will need to have been assessed on your performance in three exams. They are developments of the ideas in AS and examined in a very similar manner to the topics covered in AS.

The main skills you will develop during this course will be:

  • Handling chemicals and equipment.
  • Solving problems by analysis, research and experimentation. 

Following on from the AS course you will continue to study topics in further depth. The course is assessed by three written examinations.

Practical work will be spread throughout the course, although it is not evenly spread out as some topics are more theoretical. For most practicals you will be able to work on your own. This will help you to develop your skills further. There will be 16 core practicals which will be required for the Practical Competency Measure. Knowledge of all core practicals may be tested within the written examination papers.


At AS, the topic examined in each paper will be:

Paper 1
1. Atomic structure and the periodic table
2. Bonding and structure
3. Redox 1
4. Inorganic chemistry and the periodic table
5. Formulae, equations and amounts of substance

Paper 2 - Topics
2. Bonding and structure
5. Formulae, equations and amounts of substance.
6. Organic chemistry 1
7. Modern Analytical Techniques 1
8. Energetics 1
9. Kinetics 1
10. Equilibrium 1

What can I do next?

There are many careers that can be relevant to a Chemistry qualification such as Veterinary Science, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy or Chemical Engineering at University.

Work in Science-based industry, the Medical field or Agriculture will also require some experience in Chemistry


 AS/A level
 1-2 Years
Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Chemistry, Advanced General Certificate of Education (GCE) in Chemistry
Entry Requirements:
6 A*- C graded GCSEs, including Science BB (minimum), English and Mathematics at Grade 5 or above

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