Why are carrots that particular shade of orange? Why can't you get polythene wet? Because the world is made of chemicals, it is simply amazing the things that chemistry can explain!

Course Overview
Year 1

Physical chemistry - Atoms/bonding/kinetics/acids

Inorganic chemistry - Periodicity/Group 2 chemistry/Group 7 chemistry

Organic chemistry - Alkanes/alkenes/alcohols/ halogenoalkanes/analysis

Year 2

Physical chemistry - Thermodynamics/equilibria/electrode potentials/acids

Inorganic chemistry - Period 3/transition metals/ions and solutions

Organic chemistry - Instrumental analysis/polymers/ biochemistry/alcohol derivatives


University science-based courses as well as anything involving numeracy or manipulating complex and varied ideas.


Medicine; dentistry; veterinary science; pharmacology; forensic science; analytical chemistry; chemical engineering; scientific research; environmental consultant; teacher; chartered certified accountant; patent attorney; science writer; management. 

We think there is colour, we think there is sweet, we think there is

bitter, but in reality there are only atoms and a void.

Democritus (460-370 BC)

Key Facts

Qualification type:

A Level

Additional entry requirements:

Grade 6 in combined science or grade 6 in two separate sciences including chemistry.


Paper 1  35%  Physical/Inorganic and relevant practicals.

Paper 2  35%  Physical/Organic and relevant practicals.

Paper 3  30%  Physical/Inorganic/Organic and relevant practicals.

Opportunities for work-related activities:

Lab work at Bristol University and visiting lectures/speakers.


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