Havant Sixth Form College

A Levels: Chemistry

Why study Chemistry?

Chemistry affects all aspects of our lives. One can use Chemistry to synthesise new materials or use reactions for a specific purpose. Chemistry is an exciting and logical subject that suits people with a strong work ethic, sound mathematics skills, an enquiring mind and an aptitude for Chemistry. Chemistry is essential if you wish to study medicine or veterinary science.

What will I study?

You will develop an insight into the structure of the atom and how this structure can determine properties of materials. You will encounter examples on the impact Chemistry has on the industry and many aspects of everyday life. You will learn to investigate and solve problems in a range of contexts. Throughout your A Level course, you will be doing practical work related to the syllabus in a supportive environment. 

How will I be assessed?

At the end of your Second Year, there will be six hours worth of exam papers to sit in three separate exams. These exams have 20% mathematics content, 15% practical content and 65% focuses on application of knowledge.


In addition, there is a pass / fail Practical Endorsement based on 12 practicals throughout the two years for which each student has to produce a logbook where practical competency needs to be demonstrated and evidenced.

What are the entry requirements?

The entry requirements to an A Level programme is five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Mathematics.

You will also need GCSE grade 6 or above in Mathematics plus GCSE grade 6 or above in two science subjects.

What Havant adds to this

We will help you become a competent independent learner and help you achieve the best grades possible. We provide a range of enrichment activities such as taking students to a practical session at the University of Southampton.

Your destinations with this course

Chemistry is an A Level subject accepted by universities for a whole range of degrees. We have had students progress onto degrees in medicine, dentistry, nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, radiography, optometry, paramedic science, biochemistry, biomedical sciences, forensic science, neuroscience, pharmacy and pharmacology.


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