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Chemistry

Entry requirements

6 in Combined Science, or

6 in two of the Separate Science GCSEs inc. Chemistry

4 in GCSE Maths

What will I study

Physical Chemistry: 

  • Atomic structure, Bonding, Energetics, Kinetics
  • Chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s principle
  • Oxidation, reduction and redox equations
  • Thermodynamics, Rate equations
  • Equilibrium, Kp, Electrode potentials
  • Acids and bases

Inorganic Chemistry:

  • Periodicity, Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
  • Group 7(17), the halogens
  • Properties of period 3 and oxides
  • Transition metals
  • Reactions of ions in aqueous solution

Organic Chemistry:

  • 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,
  • NMR
  • Chromatography

How will I be assessed?

Paper 1 and 2: 35% each of the A-level. Physical and Organic Chemistry, practical skills and endorsement.

Each two hours, 105 marks of short and long answer questions.

Paper 3: 30% of A-level.  Synoptic paper: Range of content and practical skills, two hours.

You will complete a number of required practical tasks that will be examined as part of your final examinations. You will then pass or fail your practical endorsement which will be reported separately.

Is this subject for me?

Getting a chemistry A-level is hard work, which is why it is so well respected by employers and universities. 

Chemistry opens your eyes to the inner working of the world around you. As it is essential to the development of new products and new materials there is always a very high demand for skilled chemists, opening up great opportunities for a wide range of careers.

Where can this lead me?

Chemistry can lead to a range of wide degree pathways that include both sciences and non-science courses, from chemical engineering to law.  Nearly all courses in chemistry require another science or maths A-level so bear this in mind when choosing your options.

Chemistry can lead to a wide range of jobs including:

  • Lecturer
  • Chemical Researcher
  • Nurse
  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Project Manager
  • Research Fellow
  • Analytical Chemist
  • Pharmacist
  • Doctor
  • Lawyer
  • Solicitor
  • Finance
  • Management Consultancy
  • Veterinary Surgeon.

What else is there?

When studying Chemistry you will have the chance to visit the labs of the University of Sussex Chemistry department. Our strong partnership with world-leading engineering firm Ricardo means that you will gain access to their fuel testing labs to apply your advanced chemistry knowledge and skills. 

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