A-Level Chemistry


Chemistry has applications across a number of fields, from medicine to engineering. As an exciting subject with real world applications, an A-Level in chemistry can open up the world of science, and lead into higher education and future employment.

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A-Level Chemistry

  • Course code: OSC1154
  • Delivery method: Online or Paper
  • Course duration: 24 Months
  • AQA Qualification Code: 7405
  • Exam Fees are not included

Entry requirements:
Students will need a minimum of GCSE grade C or above in Chemistry. You are also required to have a grade C or above in the higher tier Mathematics GCSE as up to 10% of the marks awarded in this course will be related to mathematical principles. You should also be familiar with the following:

  • Arithmetic and computation
  • Handling data
  • Algebra
  • Graphs
  • Geometry

You will also have an understanding of the following terms; molecule, ion, compound element, isomer, isotope, oxidation, bond, reduction, hydrolysis, condensation and wavelength.

Additional Costs:
For this particular course, examination centres charge a substantial fee to take your exams and practical assessments. We recommend you conduct further research into this before enrolling.

In accordance with the latest specifications, this course has been designed to encourage students to:

  • Develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods
  • Use theories, models and ideas to develop scientific explanations
  • Carry out experimental and investigative activities, including appropriate risk management, in a range of contexts
  • Analyse and interpret data to provide evidence, recognising correlations and causal relationships
  • Evaluate methodology, evidence and data, and resolve conflicting evidence
Course Content
  • Amount of substance
  • Bonding
  • Energetics
  • Kinetics
  • Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc ATP
  • Oxidation, reduction and redox equations
  • Thermodynamics
  • Rate equations
  • Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems
  • Electrode potentials and electromechanical cells
  • Acids and bases
  • Periodicity
  • Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
  • The Halogens
  • Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides
  • Transition metals
  • Reactions of the ions in aqueous solution
  • Introduction to organic chemistry
  • Alkanes
  • Halogenoalkanes
  • Alkenes
  • Alcohols
  • Organic analysis
  • Optical isomerism
  • Aldehydes & ketones
  • Carboxylic acids and derivatives
  • Aromatic chemistry
  • Amines
  • Polymers
  • Amino acids, proteins and DNA
  • Organic synthesis
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
  • Chromatography
Qualification Information

To achieve the full Chemistry A-Level you will be assessed across the three topics and practical assessments. All topics will be assessed by three paper-based examinations. A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below:

Paper 1:

  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Weighing: 35% of A-Level
  • Total Marks: 105
  • Assessed: Relevant physical chemistry topics, inorganic chemistry and relevant practical skills
  • Assessment format: A mixture of short and long answer questions

Paper 2:

  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Weighing: 35% of A-Level
  • Total Marks: 105
  • Assessed: Relevant physical chemistry topics, organic chemistry and relevant practical skills
  • Assessment format: A mixture of short and long answer questions

Paper 3:

  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Weighing: 30% of A-Level
  • Total Marks: 90
  • Assessed: Any content and practical skills
  • Assessment format: Questions on practical techniques and data analysis (40 marks), questions testing the specification (20 marks) multiple choice questions (30 marks)

Practical Assessment: To receive the full Chemistry A-Level you must also undergo a separate endorsement of 12 practical skills.

It is possible for students to receive an A-Level Chemistry qualification without completing the practical assessment, although your certificate will state you have not done so and it can seriously harm your chances of securing a place at university or getting a job. On your written exams 15% of marks rely on having some knowledge of these practical skills. Therefore we strongly advise you to take your practical assessments and written exams.

AS Level: Under the new A-Level specification, the AS Level is now a separate qualification and does not count towards the full A-Level. If you wish to sit the AS exams this course does cover the content, however it is your responsibility to book and pay for these at your chosen exam centre.

Method of Study

The course comes to you as a paper-based pack delivered by courier.

You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments.

Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor.

Online Version

Our online courses are fully digitised versions of the paper-courses, so you can study on any PC or smart device when connected to the internet.

As with the paper course, your online learning programme is completely flexible, so you can study at a pace that suits you.

All of our online course content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective.

Method of Assessment

The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs).


You will need to take the standard A-Level examinations and internal assessments in order to fully complete this course, but arranging them is simple. The examinations run on specific dates which can be obtained by visiting the AQA website. You will be required to book these examinations yourself, and we can provide a list of examination centres for you. The costs of the examination can vary depending on which examination centre you choose.

Students will also need to find a centre for the practical elements of this course. We have an arrangement with a centre in Birmingham which will allow students to take practical and theoretical exams, but you may wish to find a local centre of your own choice. Students will need to contact their chosen centre directly to arrange these assessments. For further information on the Birmingham centre, please click here

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Additional information

Study Method

Paper Manual, Online

Paper based courses are only available for UK deliveries. Online courses are available for UK and International students. Dismiss