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Overview

Sometimes referred to as the “central science”, Chemistry helps to connect physical sciences, like Maths and Physics, with applied sciences, such as Biology, Medicine and Engineering. You will challenge ideas and develop logical thinking processes and reasoning skills.

Key Facts

Start Dates:

  • 3 January 2023
  • 11 September 2023

Colleges:

  • Bournemouth
  • Brighton
  • London
  • Oxford

Entry level:

  • Academic: Completed 10 years of schooling (GCSE or equivalent)
  • English: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent

Minimum age:

  • 16

Length:

  • 2 Academic Years (3 terms)
  • We also offer a One-Year A-level in Chemistry and an entry from Year 12.

Lessons:

  • Average 7 hours per week for each A-level subject (plus homework and private study)

Learning outcomes

  • Gain UK national university entrance qualification
  • Raise English to university level
  • Develop study skills required at degree level
  • Develop specialist subject expertise

Course content and structure

The following syllabus outline is based on AQA exam board content. Please note that exam boards may vary from college to college.

Year 1

Physical Chemistry

  • Atomic structure
  • Amount of substance
  • Bonding
  • Energetics
  • Kinetics
  • Chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s principle
  • Oxidation, reduction and redox equations

Inorganic Chemistry

  • Periodicity
  • Group 2, the alkaline earth metals
  • Group 7 (17), the halogens

Organic Chemistry

  • Introduction to organic chemistry
  • Alkanes
  • Halogenoalkanes
  • Alkenes
  • Alcohols
  • Organic analysis

Year 2

Physical Chemistry

  • Thermodynamics
  • Rate equations
  • Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems
  • Electrode potential and electrochemical cells
  • Acids and bases

Inorganic Chemistry

  • Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides
  • Transition metals
  • Reactions of ions in aqueous solution

Organic Chemistry

  • Optical isomerism
  • Aldehydes and ketones
  • Carboxylic acids and derivatives
  • Aromatic chemistry
  • Amines
  • Polymers
  • Amino acids, proteins and DNA
  • Organic synthesis
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance
  • Spectroscopy
  • Chromatography

Typical A-level subject combinations with Chemistry

Sample enrichment activities

  • The Big Bang fair, NEC Birmingham
  • Natural History Museum visit
  • Oxford University Science laboratory visit
  • Oxford University School of Medicine visit
  • University of Birmingham STEM open day
  • The Royal Society, London
  • Science Club
  • Science in the News Club
  • Google Science Fair
  • Spectroscopy in a Suitcase

Sample academic calendar (2023-2024 and 2024-2025)

Year 1

Sept

11th: term starts
Student induction

Oct

23-27th: half term
Progress tests

Nov

University fairs and talks

Dec

15th: term ends
End of term exams

Jan

8th: term starts

Feb

15h – 16th: half term
Progress tests
University fairs

Mar

End of term exams
22nd: term ends

Apr

8th: term starts

May

Progress tests

June

Exams
14th: term ends

Year 2

Sept

9th Sept: term starts

Oct

21st Oct – 1st Nov: half term
15th October: UCAS deadline (Medicine)
Progress tests

Nov

University fairs and talks

Dec

6th: term ends
End of term exams

    Jan

    6th: term starts
    15th January: UCAS deadline (other subjects)

    Feb

    13 – 14th: half term
    Progress tests

    Mar

    21st: term ends
    Mock exams

    Apr

    7th: term starts
    Progress tests

    May

    Final exams

    June

    13th June: term ends

    Recommended reading

    Below is a list of books which may help you prepare for your studies prior to arrival. Please note that additional books, and online resources such as websites and journals will be shared once you begin your course.

    • AQA Chemistry A Level Student Book by Ted Lister, Janet Renshaw
    • The Pleasure of Finding Things Out by Richard Feynman
    • Periodic Tales by Hugh Aldersey-Williams
    • The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean
    • Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sachs
    • The Shocking History of Phosphorus: A Biography of the Devil’s Element by John Emsley

    Degree progression

    A-level Chemistry, often in conjunction with other science-based subjects, can lead to the following types of degree course.

    • Biomedical Sciences
    • Biochemistry
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Dentistry
    • Dietetics
    • Earth Sciences
    • Engineering
    • Environmental science
    • Geology
    • Medical Science
    • Medicine
    • Optometry
    • Pharmacy
    • Physiotherapy
    • Sports Science
    • Veterinary Science

    Sample alumni progression

    Aysha Ahmad Sharudin

    • Chemistry/Biology/Maths/Persian
    • University of Exeter (Neuroscience)

    Chun Yu Chan

    • Chemistry/Biology/Maths/Physics
    • Queen’s University Belfast (Medicine)

    Hon Ming Lam

    • Chemistry/Biology/Maths
    • University of Bristol (Pathology)

    Maryam Aghaeinasababad

    • Chemistry/Biology/Maths
    • Royal Veterinary College (Veterinary Medicine)

    Negin Nematiniaye Masooleh

    • Chemistry/Biology/Maths/Persian
    • University of Leeds (Medical Science)

    Zeyu Song

    • Chemistry/Maths/Physics 
    • UCL (Civil Engineering)

    Zhishung Lin

    • Chemistry/Maths/Physics
    • University of Birmingham (Chemistry)

    Yangcheng Xu

    • Chemistry/Maths/Further Maths/Physics
    • Imperial College London (Mechanical Engineering)

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    The Kings Admissions Team