What does the course involve?

What you see when you burn magnesium or put some indicator into an acid are clues about what is going on at the molecular level. Chemistry is the study of reactions at molecular level. Chemists interpret what we see so that we can model what happens at the atomic and sub-atomic level. The skills you learn are transferable to many other situations as you learn to be organised, think logically and present ideas clearly. The practicals you’ll complete will cover a whole range of aspects. A Level Chemistry is essential for Medicine and many other related degree courses, and is a good subject to study alongside Biology, Physics, Maths and Psychology.

Course Outline


Six modules to study over 2 years:
Unit 1: Development of practical skills in Chemistry
Unit 2: Foundations in Chemistry
Unit 3: Periodic Table and Energy
Unit 4: Core Organic Chemistry
Unit 5: Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements
Unit 6: Organic Chemistry and Analysis

Course books are provided for all students in addition to a range of resources, including Kerboodle.  This provides online support with interactive tutorials, maths skills boosters and revision podcasts.

You will be assessed by a variety of methods during the course. There will be regular class tests, homework, practical activities and research tasks.

No coursework. A practical endorsement is reported separately if you complete the core experiments.

3 written exams at the end of the second year.

Exam Board

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including Maths at grade 6 and above, and at least two grade 6s in Science.


Chemistry is a versatile subject that develops many important skills which are valued and recognised by both potential employers and universities. If you are interested in studying any medical based subject, for example, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy or Veterinary Science, a good grade in A Level Chemistry is a compulsory requirement. Chemistry graduates are highly sought after in a wide range of careers.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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