A Level Chemistry includes regular practical sessions. These sessions will help to develop your chemical techniques as well as your laboratory skills. These will also be invaluable for future science-related careers.

Practical sessions are closely linked to the theory taught in lessons. This proves an effective way of developing your grasp of the theoretical concepts covered. As well as being important in its own right, this A Level Chemistry is an essential requirement for medicine, dentistry and veterinary science.

A Level Chemistry Resources

2 fully equipped laboratories with access to a third, including:

Analytical chemistry

  • A full range of titration apparatus
  • Melting point machines
  • TLC plates

Synthesis of organic chemicals

  • An extensive range of Quickfit glassware to enable students to work individually developing their laboratory skills
  • Reflux apparatus
  • Distillation apparatus
  • Reduced pressure filtration
  • Separating funnels
  • Rotary evaporator

All labs have two fume cupboards for use when working with hazardous chemicals. Computer workstations, all students also have access to a computer suite.

Where does this A Level Chemistry course lead?

As well as being important in its own right, this subject is an essential requirement for medicine, dentistry, and veterinary science.

In the past, our students have entered university to follow many different courses – pharmacy, medicine, dentistry. Similarly, other courses include physiotherapy, analytical chemistry, pure chemistry, forensic science, biological and environmental sciences, law, engineering and business.

Course Entry Requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE Chemistry or 55 in Combined Science plus grade 5 in GCSE Maths and grade 4 in English Language.

A Level Chemistry Course Leaflet

Exam Board Course Specification


Carmel’s Chemists compete in Olympiad

Chemistry students win Young Analyst regional competition

Cambridge Chemistry Challenge

What Our Students Say

Joining Carmel in September studying Chemistry was one of the best decisions I have made so far. The excellent facilities and resources available at the college enable us to take part in regular advanced practicals, which are not usually offered in high schools and colleges alike. I enjoy studying Chemistry as a combination of theoretical and practical learning ensures that each lesson is like no other.

The Chemistry department is extremely helpful, offering extra support most days of the week so you can reach your full potential. They also provide continual feedback and encourage students to think about life after college. Throughout the two years at Carmel, there are lots of enrichment opportunities that you can take part in such as the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge, the Young Analyst competition and the Chemistry Olympiad.

I would recommend studying A Level Chemistry as it is extremely relevant to the world around us and is beneficial in a wide range of career choices. I have always enjoyed Chemistry, and hope to continue at university studying Chemical Engineering.

Emily Roberts

Emily Roberts - A Level Chemistry student