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Specification AQA Chemistry (AS 7404 & A2 7405)
Contact Miss J Fawcett (Curriculum Leader: Chemistry and Learning Director: Science)
Entry Requirements B grades in all examined units in either GCSE Chemistry or GCSE Core and Additional Science and at least a grade 6 in Mathematics.


Is this course for me?

Chemistry helps us to understand the world we live in. Why do leaves change colour in the Autumn? Why is blood red? How is cheese made? What is in soap and how does it clean? If you have an inquisitive mind, a passion for science and a thirst for knowledge, then Chemistry is for you. 

Where can it take me?

Chemistry is the course for you if you want to go on to study dentistry, medicine, veterinary science, forensic science, pharmaceuticals, patent law, oceanography, geochemistry, chemical engineering or biochemistry, to
name but a few, and it is held in high regard by employers.

What do current students think?

  • “I really enjoyed learning about atomic structure – there’s so much more to it than they’d have you believe at GCSE! It’s a lot more in depth but much better for it.”
  • “Learning A Level Chemistry is much more fun than doing it at GCSE and so much more interesting. With starting a new Sixth Form too, the teachers and students made it really easy to settle in.”


A Level Qualification Structure:

1 Physical chemistry

Covers atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics, chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s principle, oxidation, reduction and redox equations, thermodynamics, rate equations, equilibrium constant Kc for homogeneous systems, electrode potentials and electrochemical cells, acids and bases

2 Inorganic chemistry

Covers periodicity, group 2, the alkaline earth metals, group 7(17), the halogens, properties of period 3 elements and their oxides, transition metals, reactions of ions in aqueous solution 

3.3 Organic chemistry

Covers Introduction to organic chemistry, alkanes, halogenoalkanes, alkenes, alcohols, organic analysis, optical isomerism, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, aromatic chemistry, amines, polymers, amino acids, proteins and DNA, organic synthesis, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, chromatography

Specification AQA Chemistry (AS 7404 & A2 7405)
Contact Miss J Fawcett (Learning Director: Science)
Entry requirements Grade B or above in GCSE Chemistry or Additional Science and grade B GCSE Mathematics (TBC).


Please note: Chemistry has a new, reformed Specification for 2015, in which the AS and Advanced Level are standalone qualifications.


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