Highgrove Education

A level Chemistry

The International A level in Chemistry is your passport to exploring the secrets of atoms, molecules, and reactions. In the AS level, you’ll uncover the mysteries of atomic structure, chemical bonding, and organic chemistry, delving into everything from formulas to the periodic table. As you progress to the A2 level, you’ll tackle kinetics, equilibria, and dive deeper into the fascinating world of organic chemistry. The core practical experiments of the International A level are covered in depth within the course, and assessed via examination paper. Whether you dream of becoming a chemist, researcher, or simply want to understand the chemistry of the world around you, this qualification is your chance to unravel the molecules of life.
Chemistry A level & GSCE

Key Information

What you’ll study

Entry Requirements

Assessment Information

Access Course Enrolment:
  • Enrolment in our pre-GCSE or pre-A level access course.
  • Access to our self-study materials and platform, live class lessons, and individual teacher support in Office Hours.
  • Weekly teacher-marked homework.
  • Half termly reports.
  • Support from our SENDCo for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, including assessment for access arrangement entitlement.
  • Support with English for pupils whose first language is not English.
  • A Highgrove Education Office365 account, including Teams, SharePoint and a school email
QualificationInternational AS Chemistry, International A level Chemistry
Exam board Edexcel
Exams availableJanuary, June and October

Online school, full time or individual courses

Course length1 year AS Chemistry, then 1 year A level Chemistry
Weekly study time2 x 45-minute live lessons, 5 x 45-minute self-study lessons, 1 x 45-minute teacher-marked homework
Class sizeMaximum 10
Course start September

Individual Tutoring

Recommended Approximately 100 x 45-minute individual tutoring lessons, 260 x 45-minute self-study lessons, 50 x 45-minute teacher-marked homework. Pace and level of commitment determined by individual needs.
Course start Flexible

AS Level

Unit 1: Structure, Bonding and Introduction to Organic Chemistry
  • Formulae, Equations and Amount of Substance
  • Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table
  • Bonding and Structure
  • Introductory Organic Chemistry and Alkanes
  • Alkenes
Unit 2: Energetics, Group Chemistry, Halogenoalkanes and Alcohols
  • Energetics
  • Intermolecular Forces
  • Redox Chemistry and Groups 1, 2 and 7
  • Introduction to Kinetics and Equilibria
  • Organic Chemistry: Alcohols, Halogenoalkanes and Spectra
Unit 3: Practical Skills in Chemistry I
  • Understanding of procedures and techniques from practical experiments covered in units 1 and 2

A2 Level

Unit 4: Rates, Equilibria and Further Organic Chemistry
  • Kinetics
  • Entropy and Energetics
  • Chemical Equilibria
  • Acid-base Equilibria
  • Organic Chemistry: Carbonyls, Carboxylic Acids and Chirality
Unit 5: Transition Metals and Organic Nitrogen Chemistry
  • Redox Equilibria
  • Transition Metals and their Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry: Arenes
  • Organic Nitrogen Compounds: Amines, Amides, Amino Acids and Proteins
  • Organic Synthesis
Unit 6: Practical Skills in Chemistry II
  • Understanding of procedures and techniques from practical experiments covered in units 4 and 5

For more information take a look at the Edexcel International Chemistry A level Specification: click here

Either

  • A pass in the Highgrove Online School admissions test for Chemistry A level

Or

  • A minimum grade 6 in GCSE Maths and either a grade 7 in Double Science or grade 6 in Chemistry, and a strong set of GCSE grades, including several at grade 7 or above.

Year 12 International AS

3 Exams
Paper 1 Structure, Bonding and Introduction to Organic Chemistry (90 minutes). 40% of the total of AS, 20% of the total of A level
Paper 2Energetics, Group Chemistry, Halogenoalkanes and Alcohols (90 minutes). 40% of the total of AS, 20% of the total of A level
Paper 3Practical Skills in Chemistry I (80 minutes). 20% of the total of AS, 10% of the total of A level

Year 13 International A level

3 Exams
Paper 4Rates, Equilibria and Further Organic Chemistry (105 minutes). 20% of the total of A level
Paper 5 Transition Metals and Organic Nitrogen Chemistry (105 minutes). 20% of the total of A level
Paper 6 Practical Skills in Chemistry II (80 minutes). 10% of the total of A level

Progression to University

A Chemistry A level is a vital requirement or advantage for a wide range of university courses, including chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, pharmacology, forensic science, and environmental science. It’s a foundational qualification for careers in research, healthcare, and various industries. Additionally, a Chemistry A level is valuable for courses in fields like materials science, nanotechnology, and food science, as it provides a deep understanding of chemical principles and analytical skills. Whether aspiring to become a chemist, doctor, researcher, or engineer, a Chemistry A level opens doors to numerous academic and professional opportunities in the sciences and beyond.

Pupils looking to study medicine at university may wish to combine Biology with a Chemistry A level.

We also offer the following A levels

Our core A level subjects are taught in group classes via a combination of interactive self-study lessons and live lessons led by an expert teacher: 

We have an even wider selection of A levels available via our independent learning and tutoring programmes, including: