Chemistry AS and A2

Start (w/c): 01/09/2020 Full Time - To be arranged Nantgarw

Course Information

A Level Chemistry combines theory with practical experience, encouraging imaginative critical and logical thinking for problem solving.

Chemistry is a key subject for many degree courses in science, such as medical, veterinary or dental sciences, biochemistry or chemistry. It requires analytical powers and academic rigour, and is a good foundation for careers in law, accountancy and economics where such qualities are valued.d.

What Will I Learn?

The first year is the AS course and covers: Atomic Structure, Chemical Reactions, Bonding, Bonding & Structure, the Periodic Table, the Chemistry of Carbon & Basic Organic Chemistry as well as Chemical Energy.

In the second (A2) year you will learn more about: Organic Chemistry, Rates of Reaction, pH and Equilibrium, Chemical Energy and Entropy as well as Transition metals.

Entry Requirements

You will require 5 GCSEs at Grades A*- C including Maths at grade C or above and Double Award Science at grade BB or above, or grade C in GCSE Chemistry (Higher Tier).

You will be invited to attend an interview, and will undertake an assessment in literacy and numeracy, to establish any support required.


You will be assessed by two examinations in the AS and A2 years. Practical work is assessed by two tasks and carried out under controlled conditions, in the A2 year, and by specific practical activities in the AS year, that are assessed during the examination papers.


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Career Progression

  • Many learners apply to and are offered places at university to study courses such as Chemistry, Biochemistry, Dentistry and Medicine or even Engineering degrees. Learners may go into employment or move onto an apprenticeship.

Potential Careers

Career Info

  • Chemical scientist

    Average salary: £32,604

  • Laboratory technician

    Average salary: £19,598

  • Chemical or related process operative

    Average salary: £24,687


Chemical scientists analyse and research physical aspects of chemical structure and change within substances and develop chemical techniques used in the manufacture or modification of natural substances and processed products.

Entry Requirements

Entrants usually possess a degree. Entry may also be possible with an appropriate BTEC/SQA award, an Advanced GNVQ/GSVQ Level III, or other academic qualifications. Further specialist training is provided on the job. Some employers may expect entrants to gain professional qualifications.


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