Course Details

  • Responsible for everything from the air we breathe to the water we drink, chemistry is an integral part of the world. If you want to learn more about how new materials are constructed, how food is made, or how medicines are developed, then this A-Level course is for you.

    You’ll cover topics across all aspects of the subject, including organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry and physical chemistry. In your first year, you’ll learn how chemistry affects the environment around us, why space explorations analyse chemicals, what the atomic structure is, and how the Victorians made mirrors! You’ll look at organic molecules, exploring how plastics are made, how alcohol ferments and how cleaner fuels are being developed.

    In physical chemistry, you’ll focus on thermodynamics and bases buffers, whilst in inorganic chemistry you’ll see how ions react with elements in the periodic table. Throughout the course, you’ll be completing a series of practical experiments to build on the theory you’re learning, developing the scientific logic to critically assess a wide range of issues in the community and the world!

  • To enrol on this A-Level Chemistry course, you’ll need to have GCSEs in a range of subjects. You should have a grade B in both GCSE Core and Additional Science, or a grade B in GCSE Chemistry and one other science.

    You’ll also need a B or above in Maths, a C or above in English, and at least two other GCSE qualifications at grade C or above.
    Due to Government changes to grading systems for GCSES in 16/17, please follow the below link to see specific entry criteria for school leavers School Leaver Entry Requirements

  • You’ll be learning in a laboratory environment throughout this course, using both theory and practical work. Assessment will take the form of three exams at the end of the two years, though will also take two exams after your AS-Level year for a separate qualification.

    Your practical skills will be continually assessed throughout the course, leading to a separate practical accreditation.

  • A Chemistry A-Level opens up a huge range of degree choices at a number of universities. You could go on to study anything from Environmental Science to Metallurgy, Food Science to Toxicology.

    There are a number of a different job roles and career opportunities you can follow too, as a result of a chemistry-based qualification. Link to Careers. You could find yourself working as a pharmacist or dentist, a chemical engineer or a forensic scientist – the choice is yours!

  • A-Level courses like this one are completely free for anyone aged 16-18 and progressing from school.

    If you don’t fall into this category, there may be tuition fees to pay. But don’t worry, there is plenty of financial support available to help you afford college. We’ve put together all the different funding opportunities that you might be eligible for, ranging from grants and bursaries to dedicated loans for education. You can find out all about them on our fees, finance and funding page. Fees, Funding and Finance

  • Need to find out more information about this A-Level? Our course enquiries team are on-hand to answer any questions you might have about this qualification, the application process, enrolment, or anything else about life at The Manchester College.

    All you need to do is get in touch with them, and ask away! Make an enquiry