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The Kings Advanced Level Foundation is based on A-level syllabuses, taught by A-level teachers, assessed against A-levels and moderated by an independent Advisory Board of external examiners. As such, it is one of the most highly academic and successful pathways to leading UK universities.

Chemistry is an elective module within the Foundation, and is ideal for students who are interested in studying the subject at university in the UK.

Key Facts

Start Dates:

  • 9 April 2024 (Extended programme only)
  • 1 July 2024 (Extended programme only)
  • 9 September 2024
  • 6 January 2025


  • Bournemouth
  • Brighton
  • London
  • Oxford

Entry level:

  • Academic: Completed 11-12 years of schooling
  • English: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent

Minimum age:

  • 16.5


  • 1 Academic Year (3 terms)
  • Extended programme: 1-2 Academic Years (4-7 terms)


  • Average 21 hours per week (plus homework and private study)

Learning outcomes

  • A theoretical understanding of chemistry and how important it is in everyday life.       
  • Abilities and skills in practical work and problem solving.
  • Experience of practical chemistry in a laboratory environment. 
  • An appreciation of applications and implications of science.
  • An interest in and care for the environment.
  • An appreciation of how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.
  • The ability to use appropriate methodology, including ICT, to answer scientific questions and solve scientific problems.
  • Experience of communicating information and ideas in appropriate ways using appropriate terminology.

Course content and structure

The Advanced Level Foundation programme is highly flexible, and able to adapt to the needs and academic aspirations of each student. It does this through a combination of core modules and a series of elective modules which can be combined in different ways to create main subject streams.

Chemistry is one of the many elective modules offered, and an overview of the syllabus content is shown below.

Term 1

  • Atomic structure 
  • Amount of Substance 
  • Bonding 
  • Investigative and Practical Skills in Chemistry - Physical Chemistry 
  • Periodicity 

Term 2

  • Energetics 
  • Kinetics 
  • Chemical equilibria and Le Chatelier’s principle 
  • Oxidation, reduction and redox equations 
  • Acids and bases 
  • Periodicity 
  • Group 2, the alkaline earth metals 
  • Group 7(17), the halogens 
  • Introduction to organic chemistry 
  • Alkanes 
  • Halogenoalkanes 
  • Investigative and Practical Skills in Chemistry - Physical and Inorganic Chemistry 

Term 3

  • Alkenes 
  • Polymerisation 
  • Alcohols 
  • Organic analysis 
  • Optical isomerism 
  • Aldehydes and ketones 

Sample subject combinations with Chemistry

  • Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics
  • Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics

Sample enrichment activities

  • The Big Bang fair, NEC Birmingham   
  • Science Club
  • Astronomy Club
  • Science in the News Club 

Recommended reading

Below is a list of text books normally used on this course, as well as books which may help you prepare for your studies prior to arrival. In many cases the textbooks will be supplied by the school, and you may borrow them for the duration of your time at school. However, if you already know what three subjects you want to choose you may prefer to purchase one before you arrive.

  • AQA Chemistry A Level Student Book Authors: Ted Lister, Janet Renshaw Publisher: Oxford University Press (including Nelson Thornes)  
  • New Grade 9-1 Edexcel International GCSE Chemistry: Revision Guide 
  • AQA GCSE 9-1 Chemistry Revision Guide (Collins GCSE 9-1 Revision) 

Sample academic calendar (2023-2024)

Year 1


  • 11th: term starts
  • Student induction


  • 23 – 27th: half term
  • Progress tests


  • University fairs and talks


  • 15th: term ends
  • End of term exams


  • 8th: term starts


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


  • End of term exams
  • 22nd: term ends


  • 8th: term starts


  • Progress tests


  • Exams
  • 14th: term ends


Recent alumni

Below are some of the recent students who took the Chemistry module, including information about the university they progressed to and the degree course they are doing.

Abdulrahman Elgalassi

  • Chemistry/Mathematics/Physics/Data/CSS
  • Aston University
  • Chemical Engineering 

Amr Faour

  • Chemistry/Mathematics/Physics/Data/CSS
  • University of Nottingham
  • Pharmacy 

Thibault Fievez

  • Chemistry/Mathematics/Physics/Data/CSS
  • University of Bath 
  • Civil Engineering

Euiwan Jung

  • Chemistry/Mathematics/Physics/Data/CSS
  • University of Bristol
  • Aerospace Engineering

Khemika Klomsuwan

  • Chemistry/Biology/Mathematics/Data/CSS
  • University of Birmingham 
  • Biological Sciences 

Sing Yan Lee

  • Chemistry/Biology/Mathematics/Data/CSS 
  • University of Nottingham
  • Physiotherapy 

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The Kings Admissions Team