Chemistry A Level

Subject:                       Chemistry

Level:                          AS and A LEVEL

Exam Board:                 W.J.E.C.

Location:                      Y Pant School


What is the course about?

This course builds on skills acquired at GCSE and develops the student’s ability to assimilate knowledge, concepts and techniques. There is also a significant development in practical skills through which the student will learn about the importance of experimental evidence and the theories that arise from this.  The course looks at the beneficial role chemistry plays in  society for example the manufacture of polymers such as polyester and  nylon and pharmaceutical products like aspirin.  Analytical techniques, widely used in the detection of drugs and environmental monitoring,  are also studied.


Requirement/Skills for entry to the course


Chemistry component of Core Science GCSE – B or above

Chemistry component of Additional Science GCSE – B or above

GCSE Maths – B or above.


To succeed at A level Chemistry you must be conscientious, have excellent attendance and be prepared to try your best.


Brief outline of the course structure and assessment

AS level

The course is taught by Dr Ford and Dr Caulfield.

Students will be required to sit 2 exams based on the following:

  • Module 1 –        Physical and Inorganic chemistry CH1.

1 hr 30 mins.

40% of overall AS mark.

  • Module 2 –        Physical and Organic chemistry CH2.

1 hr 30 mins.

40% of overall AS mark.

  • 2 pieces of practical coursework are also required (20% of the overall AS mark).


A2 level

Students will be required to sit 2 exams based on the following:

  • Module 4 –        Organic chemistry and analytical techniques CH4.

1 hr 45 mins.

20% of overall A2 mark

  • Module 5 –        Further Physical and Inorganic chemistry CH5.

1 hr 45 mins.

20% of overall A2 mark

  • 2 pieces of practical coursework are also required (10% of the overall A2 mark).


Career Opportunities and Additional Information

Chemistry is a requirement for medical degrees and many related fields e.g. dentistry, pharmacy, physiotherapy etc. It would also be an advantage for the following: veterinary science, zoology, engineering, environmental science, archaeology, forensic science and many more.  Even if you do not intend doing a science degree or even a science related subject at university, chemistry is still a good subject to choose as you can access most degree courses with it.


Staff to consult for further information

Dr S Ford and Dr N Caulfield



Subject:                       Chemistry

Level:                          AS and A Level

Exam Board:                 WJEC

Location:                      Bryn Celynnog



The chemistry course is intended for pupils who wish to pursue their studies of chemistry to a greater depth and understanding than that required for GCSE. The emphasis of this course is on developing understanding and applying knowledge to explain modern applications of chemistry.


The specification is divided into chemical topics, each containing different key concepts of chemistry. Students must be prepared to apply the knowledge, understanding and skills specified in a range of theoretical, practical, industrial and environmental context. Practical work is an intrinsic part of this specification.  It is vitally important in developing a conceptual understanding of many topics and it enhances the experience and enjoyment of chemistry.  The practical skills developed are also fundamentally important to learners going on to further study in chemistry and related subjects, and are transferable to many careers.


The course is divided into the following areas:


AS Level A Level
AS Unit 1:

The Language of Chemistry, Structure of Matter and Simple Reactions.

20% of qualification.


AS Unit 2:

Energy, Rate and Chemistry of Carbon Compounds

20% of qualification


A2 Unit 3:

Physical and Inorganic Chemistry

25% of qualification


A2 Unit 4:

Organic Chemistry and Analysis

25% of qualification


A” Unit 5:

Practical Examination

10% of qualification



All units are assessed through written examination: ASD units (1 hour 30 minutes), A2 units (1 hour 45 minutes). Practical skills are assessed externally during Year 13.


Entry Requirements

All students should have at least a B grade in their GCSE science studies. Students opting to study chemistry should have an enquiring mind and an interest in science studies. The chemistry course is academically challenging and students need to have good time management skills coupled with the motivation to work to the best of their abilities.


Careers Opportunities

Follow a degree course in Chemistry, Environmental Science, Medicine, Pharmacy, Forensic Science or one of many other courses.


Employment opportunities are available in the areas of pharmacy, biotechnology, chemical engineering, medical science, research and development and many more.


Staff to consult for further information:


Ms. C. Broom, Mrs G Edwards