Chemistry is known as ‘the central science’, and is a challenging A Level subject that uses mathematical and linguistic skills to explain the interactions between energy and matter that surround us every day, from cooking our food, to the clothes we wear.. In Chemistry students learn a range of crucial experimental techniques such as titration, distillation, observational practical skills, and qualitative practical skills. They then build on these foundations and focus on applying these skills and their knowledge to solving both practical and theoretical problems.

In a time of many qualifications competing for recognition, Chemistry remains one of the A Levels regarded most highly by top universities. Students who succeed in chemistry can go on to further study in a variety of courses due to chemistry’s ‘central’ nature. Many of the more recent advances in biomedical and engineering sciences lean heavily on chemistry, but this qualification is also indicative of broader analytical and problem-solving skills that could lead to careers in such diverse fields as the law, financial services or the media.

Exam Board: Edexcel

Entry Requirements: Eight or more GCSEs at grades 9-4 including a minimum grade 6 at GCSE in Chemistry or 6/6 in GCSE Combined Science or 5/5/6 in Triple Science (with a 6 in Chemistry).
Applicants must have a grade 6 in GCSE Mathematics, and grade 6 in GCSE English Language.

Skills Gained

  • Plan, carry out, analyse, and evaluate scientific investigations
  • Critically evaluate evidence from scientific sources
  • Apply mathematical and problem-solving skills to scientific contexts
  • View the world with a sceptical eye
  • Use technical skills and language to explain complex ideas

Potential Careers

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Education
  • Law
  • Research
  • Engineering
  • Pharmacy