The A Level chemistry courses have been designed to be a practical experience, with students undertaking both practical and theory work. The practical activities included will help the students to consolidate their understanding of the main aspects of chemistry and equip them with the skills required to study this subject at higher levels. The course is designed to prepare students for progression either into higher education or employment and to develop their interest and enthusiasm in chemistry. Students will study, amongst many topics, aspects of chemistry that are often seen in the media or that affect their lives; including green chemistry, pharmaceuticals and climate change. It also aims to help the students to appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how science contributes to the success of the economy and society, developing a deeper understanding of 'How Science Works' and how areas of the subject relate to each of us and to the world around us.
GCSE grade 6/6 in core and additional science or grade 6/6/5 (6 in chemistry) if the triple science route was followed at GCSE. Students applying for this course must also have a grade 6 in mathematics and should be prepared to complete high levels of independent study and must therefore show interest and motivation for the subject.