Choosing your A levels

Chemistry

Introduction

Chemistry is the branch of science concerned with the substances of which matter is composed, the investigation of their properties and reactions, and the use of such reactions to form new substances. The course involves the study of the three main branches of chemistry; physical, inorganic and organic chemistry.

Board and specification code

AQA Specification code 7405

Is Chemistry for you?

You’ll find chemistry everywhere. Pick up a can of soft drink: the metal can you’re holding, the paint used to cover it and the liquid inside. Studying Chemistry provides insights into a variety of physical and biological phenomena and provides an excellent basis for understanding the physical universe we live in.

Course content/components

Physical chemistry – atomic structure, chemical bonding, energetics, kinetics and equilibria, redox reactions, electrochemistry, acids and bases.

Inorganic chemistry – periodicity, reactions of Group 2 and 7, properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides, transition metals, reactions of ions in aqueous solutions.
Organic chemistry – nomenclature, the reactions and mechanisms of alkanes and their derivatives, isomerism, biochemistry, aromatics, organic synthesis and spectroscopy.

Recommended entry requirement

At least Grade 7/A in IGCSE Chemistry or 77/AA in Double Award Science.

Post-A Level options

Chemistry allows you to develop excellent laboratory techniques and mathematical ability, as well as giving you transferable skills, such as problem solving, time management and data analysis. The main employers of chemistry graduates are in the chemical and related industries. However, chemists are also employed in the food and drink industry, health and medical organisations and the government.

The country which is in advance of the rest of the world in chemistry will also be foremost in wealth and in general prosperity.

William Ramsay