Do you want to explore the world of atoms, molecules, compounds and ions? Are you interested in medical discoveries and attempting to explain the origin and the fate of the universe? If so, then Chemistry will really suit you!

Course at a glance

Entry Requirements:

5 GCSEs Grade 4-9 (including English Language) Grade 5 in Maths and Grade 6 in Chemistry or Double award Science




2 Years

More about Chemistry A-level

What you'll study

At Connell, you will be working in state-of-the-art laboratories with top-class facilities and equipment.

Over the 2 years, you will study topics such as:

  • Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations
  • Enthalpy, entropy and free energy
  • Redox and electrode potentials
  • Group 2 and the halogens
  • Organic synthesis
  • Reaction rates and equilibrium
  • Analytical techniques (IR and MS)
  • pH and buffers
  • Chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR)
Beyond the course

There will be opportunities to attend talks, both at Connell and at universities, from chemistry professionals such as doctors and research scientists. There will also be enrichment opportunities for those budding scientists who wish to pursue their interests outside the classroom.


At the end of the course you will sit three written papers which contribute to your overall grade. Practical work does not contribute to your final grade, but the development of practical skills will be essential to obtain your practical endorsement; a component that will be important if you wish to study a Science subject at University.

Future career opportunities

Many Chemistry students continue into Higher Education, as Chemistry degrees can lead to a wide variety of careers in areas such as water treatment, drug design, pharmacy, teaching and renewable energy. Also, a qualification in Chemistry allows access to other University courses in areas such as chemical engineering, environmental science, food science, materials science and biochemistry. Chemistry is the only science compulsory for the study of medicine and dentistry.

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