GSO Test

Chemistry A Level

Awarding Body


Assessment Structure

100% examination (plus a ‘Practical Endorsement’ qualification internally assessed as pass/ fail)

Minimum entry requirement

  • NBP16C level 3 entry requirements
  • GCSE (6-6-6) in sciences (not Applied Science) and mathematics

Why should I study this course?

Chemical reactions are happening all around us and are fundamental to our survival and way of life. Studying chemistry at A Level is about discovering the mechanisms of these reactions at a molecular level and watching the results happen in front of you. If you enjoy learning through experimental work and are a talented and passionate scientist, then chemistry is the course for you. It will enable you to understand more about the physical and chemical properties of materials around you and understand their interactions. Good chemists develop practical, mathematical and analytical skills, which are highly valued by university and employers, whatever future path you choose to take.

What will I learn?

Organic chemistry: The study of carbon containing compounds. You will learn how to name these different compounds, the mechanism describing exactly how a reaction takes place and how to figure out the structure of these compounds using different types of analysis and spectroscopy.

Inorganic chemistry: The study of the elements of the periodic table excluding carbon. You will learn how to predict their structures and the reactions they take part in. You will look specifically at many different transition metals and learn about the complexes they can form.   

Physical chemistry: The mathematical element of chemistry. You will study how fast reactions happen and explain why or why not reactions are able to occur. How energy changes occur during a reaction.

How will I learn?

Students will learn chemistry through a range of interactive activities. These include teacher-led activities, discussions, web-based activities and experimental work. Practical work is a huge part of chemistry, with mathematics skills playing an important role in the understanding of chemical processes.

What can I do with my qualification?

Chemistry is the central science subject which does not hinder your future to the laboratory. Studying the subject will help you gain a much deeper understanding of the challenges that scientists face, which allows access to a range of university courses and apprenticeships. The qualification demonstrates your analytical, problem-solving and mathematical skills and is highly regarded by universities and employers.  It provides a particularly good basis for entering degree courses in any science discipline, accounting and finance, business and maths. It is also an entry requirement for all medicine, veterinary science and dentistry courses. 

What do students say?

“It builds on what you have learned at GCSE, and takes you deeper.”
“The teaching is great!”