When applying for A Levels there is no need for you to enter all of your preferred subject choices. You will have an opportunity to discuss your subject choice during interview.

Is this course right for me?

Would you like to develop your scientific skills at an advanced level? A-Level Chemistry is a key subject in the preparation for most careers of a scientific nature, and is considered very beneficial as a background to a career in the financial or business world.

It is also a valuable and interesting subject in its own right. Chemistry lies at the heart of Science. It is the study of the natural world, with a view to identifying chemical patterns of behaviour.

This course develops your understanding of chemistry, both the underlying concepts and their practical implications. It also covers aspects of engineering and provides an underpinning knowledge for a range of careers. It forms a valuable preparation for Higher Education, and the skills of logical, methodical investigation are relevant to all disciplines. 

The course is suitable if you are a committed student and have achieved good Chemistry/Science and Maths grades at GCSE level. The course will enhance your interest in the subject and its wider applications, allowing you to excel. All students should be interested in science and its wider applications, and must be willing to read around the subject.

The course can be taken as part of a full-time programme of study in conjunction with other AS subjects, or possibly with other Level 3 qualifications. Chemistry combines particularly well with another science, but our staff will be happy to help you put together a programme most suited to your needs.

Entry requirements:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include the following: English or Welsh (1st language), Mathematics (Grade B preferred), Chemistry (Grade B) OR Double Award Science (Grade BB)
  • Please note that GCSE Applied Science is not accepted
  • Attendance at an interview
  • Entry onto the full A Level is based on your performance at AS Level
  • Consideration will be given to mature students without recognised qualifications

Delivery:

Students are regarded as creative people, making their own sense of phenomena they meet. The course involves learning through experience as much as possible. The learning activities reflect this and include:

  • working in groups
  • independent study
  • reporting
  • reading
  • discussion
  • Educational visits
  • MOODLE (virtual learning environment)
  • Blended learning (using digital learning applications independently and in laboratory)

Assessment:

The course is assessed in the first year for the AS Level and in the second year for the A Level. 

  • AS: 2 examinations in late May/Early June at the end of the first year (worth 40% of the total A Level); and
  • A2: Practical Examination - March of the second year, and 2 examinations in June of the second year (worth 60% of the total A Level).

Progression:

Whether you study the full A Level or just the AS Level, the course adds to your qualifications and helps you to progress.

You will gain UCAS points and be able to apply for a range of Higher Education courses at many institutions, including Grŵp Llandrillo Menai. You will also have opportunities for employment, and your logical thinking and practical skills will be valued by employers.

If you choose to continue your studies in a related subject, there are degree courses available in chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemistry, biomolecular science, forensic science and food-related sciences.

Other career paths associated with A Level Chemistry include Chemistry, Alternative Energy, Chemical Engineering, Material Health Service, Metallurgy, Environmental Science, Petrology Biochemistry, Dentistry, Veterinary Science and Medicine.

You will also be in a good position to pursue a career in teaching, the armed forces or the cosmetic industry. Your studies on the A Level course will help you to make an informed choice from the options available.

Additional campus/course information:

  • Bangor

    Unit information

    AS Unit 1: THE LANGUAGE OF CHEMISTRY, STRUCTURE OF MATTER AND SIMPLE REACTIONS

    This unit covers the following areas of study:

    Formulae and equations, basic ideas about atoms, chemical calculations, bonding, solid structures, the Periodic Table and simple equilibria and acid-base reactions.

    AS UNIT 2: ENERGY, RATE AND CHEMISTRY OF CARBON COMPOUNDS

    This unit covers the following areas of study:

    Thermochemistry, rates of reaction, the wider impact of chemistry, organic compounds, hydrocarbons, halogenoalkanes, alcohols and carboxylic acids and instrumental analysis.

    A2 UNIT 3: PHYSICAL AND INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

    This unit covers the following areas of study:

    Redox and standard electrode potential, redox reactions, chemistry of the p-block, chemistry of the d-block transition metals, chemical kinetics, enthalpy changes for solids and solutions, entropy and feasibility of reactions, equilibrium constants and acid-base equilibria.

    A2 UNIT 4: ORGANIC CHEMISTRY AND ANALYSIS

    This unit covers the following areas of study:

    Stereoisomerism, aromaticity, alcohols and phenols, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, amines, amino acids, peptides and proteins and organic synthesis and analysis.

  • Dolgellau

    Unit information

    AS Unit 1: THE LANGUAGE OF CHEMISTRY, STRUCTURE OF MATTER AND SIMPLE REACTIONS

    This unit covers the following areas of study:

    Formulae and equations, basic ideas about atoms, chemical calculations, bonding, solid structures, the Periodic Table and simple equilibria and acid-base reactions.

    AS UNIT 2: ENERGY, RATE AND CHEMISTRY OF CARBON COMPOUNDS

    This unit covers the following areas of study:

    Thermochemistry, rates of reaction, the wider impact of chemistry, organic compounds, hydrocarbons, halogenoalkanes, alcohols and carboxylic acids and instrumental analysis.

    A2 UNIT 3: PHYSICAL AND INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

    This unit covers the following areas of study:

    Redox and standard electrode potential, redox reactions, chemistry of the p-block, chemistry of the d-block transition metals, chemical kinetics, enthalpy changes for solids and solutions, entropy and feasibility of reactions, equilibrium constants and acid-base equilibria.

    A2 UNIT 4: ORGANIC CHEMISTRY AND ANALYSIS

    This unit covers the following areas of study:

    Stereoisomerism, aromaticity, alcohols and phenols, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, amines, amino acids, peptides and proteins and organic synthesis and analysis.

  • Pwllheli

    Unit information

    AS Unit 1: THE LANGUAGE OF CHEMISTRY, STRUCTURE OF MATTER AND SIMPLE REACTIONS

    This unit covers the following areas of study:

    Formulae and equations, basic ideas about atoms, chemical calculations, bonding, solid structures, the Periodic Table and simple equilibria and acid-base reactions.

    AS UNIT 2: ENERGY, RATE AND CHEMISTRY OF CARBON COMPOUNDS

    This unit covers the following areas of study:

    Thermochemistry, rates of reaction, the wider impact of chemistry, organic compounds, hydrocarbons, halogenoalkanes, alcohols and carboxylic acids and instrumental analysis.

    A2 UNIT 3: PHYSICAL AND INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

    This unit covers the following areas of study:

    Redox and standard electrode potential, redox reactions, chemistry of the p-block, chemistry of the d-block transition metals, chemical kinetics, enthalpy changes for solids and solutions, entropy and feasibility of reactions, equilibrium constants and acid-base equilibria.

    A2 UNIT 4: ORGANIC CHEMISTRY AND ANALYSIS

    This unit covers the following areas of study:

    Stereoisomerism, aromaticity, alcohols and phenols, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, amines, amino acids, peptides and proteins and organic synthesis and analysis.

  • Rhyl

    Unit information

    AS Unit 1: THE LANGUAGE OF CHEMISTRY, STRUCTURE OF MATTER AND SIMPLE REACTIONS

    This unit covers the following areas of study:

    Formulae and equations, basic ideas about atoms, chemical calculations, bonding, solid structures, the Periodic Table and simple equilibria and acid-base reactions.

    AS UNIT 2: ENERGY, RATE AND CHEMISTRY OF CARBON COMPOUNDS

    This unit covers the following areas of study:

    Thermochemistry, rates of reaction, the wider impact of chemistry, organic compounds, hydrocarbons, halogenoalkanes, alcohols and carboxylic acids and instrumental analysis.

    A2 UNIT 3: PHYSICAL AND INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

    This unit covers the following areas of study:

    Redox and standard electrode potential, redox reactions, chemistry of the p-block, chemistry of the d-block transition metals, chemical kinetics, enthalpy changes for solids and solutions, entropy and feasibility of reactions, equilibrium constants and acid-base equilibria.

    A2 UNIT 4: ORGANIC CHEMISTRY AND ANALYSIS

    This unit covers the following areas of study:

    Stereoisomerism, aromaticity, alcohols and phenols, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, amines, amino acids, peptides and proteins and organic synthesis and analysis.

  • Rhos-on-Sea

    Unit information

    AS Unit 1: THE LANGUAGE OF CHEMISTRY, STRUCTURE OF MATTER AND SIMPLE REACTIONS

    This unit covers the following areas of study:

    Formulae and equations, basic ideas about atoms, chemical calculations, bonding, solid structures, the Periodic Table and simple equilibria and acid-base reactions.

    AS UNIT 2: ENERGY, RATE AND CHEMISTRY OF CARBON COMPOUNDS

    This unit covers the following areas of study:

    Thermochemistry, rates of reaction, the wider impact of chemistry, organic compounds, hydrocarbons, halogenoalkanes, alcohols and carboxylic acids and instrumental analysis.

    A2 UNIT 3: PHYSICAL AND INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

    This unit covers the following areas of study:

    Redox and standard electrode potential, redox reactions, chemistry of the p-block, chemistry of the d-block transition metals, chemical kinetics, enthalpy changes for solids and solutions, entropy and feasibility of reactions, equilibrium constants and acid-base equilibria.

    A2 UNIT 4: ORGANIC CHEMISTRY AND ANALYSIS

    This unit covers the following areas of study:

    Stereoisomerism, aromaticity, alcohols and phenols, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, amines, amino acids, peptides and proteins and organic synthesis and analysis.