Level 3

Qualification: A Level

Duration: 2 years

What will I study?

The A Level Chemistry A Level course offered at TRC is taught in modern dedicated chemistry laboratories and offers a broad introduction and insight into to the three branches of chemistry: organic, inorganic and physical.

Module 1 – Development of Practical Skills

Chemistry is a practical subject and experimental work helps to develop important practical skills needed to collect and analyse experimental data, as well as enhancing your understanding of chemical theory. It also covers the fundamental skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation.

Module 2 – Foundations in Chemistry

This module acts as an introduction to the course, covering a wide range of basic chemical concepts, each of which will be studied in more detail in later modules. This module covers atoms, ions, compounds, equations, amount of substance, acids, redox reactions, electrons, bonding, shapes of molecules and intermolecular forces.

Module 3 – Periodic Table and Energy

The focus of this module is inorganic and physical chemistry. It covers trends in the periodic table, reactivity trends in Group 2 and the halogens, enthalpy changes and their determination, rates of reaction and equilibria, including how these concepts are applied in everyday life and in industrial processes.

Module 4 – Core Organic Chemistry

This module provides an introduction to the world of organic chemistry and its application, particularly in the reactions of and synthesis of a wide range of organic compounds, which is incredibly important in the pharmaceutical industry. You will study the basic concepts of organic chemistry, the properties and reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alcohols and haloalkanes, followed by organic synthesis and spectroscopy.

Module 5 – Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements

The content of this module builds upon the knowledge and understanding from Modules 2 and 3. In this module, you will cover in more detail rates of reaction, equilibria, acids, bases and pH, buffers and neutralisation, enthalpy, entropy, redox reactions, electrode potentials and transition elements.

Module 6 – Organic Chemistry and Analysis

This module builds upon the content studied in Modules 2 and 4. It introduces several new functional groups, including aromatic compounds, carbonyls, carboxylic acids, amines, amides, amino acids and polymers. It emphasises the importance of further organic synthesis, investigating different ways of producing organic compounds and multi-step synthetic pathways. It also studies analytical techniques such as chromatography and NMR spectroscopy, which are used in organic and forensic analysis.

Study Visits

We are constantly looking at additional trips that could enhance your experience and learning on the A level Chemistry course.

We run a Trip to the Natural History Museum as well as having visitors form Universities into college including the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Spectroscopy in a Suitcase visit, during which you get the opportunity to synthesise paracetamol and analyse its structure.


A day trip normally costs approximately £25.


Three written examinations at the end of year 13. You will also study and perform practical work throughout the course to be able to gain a qualification called the Practical endorsement.

Entry Criteria

Minimum average GCSE score required 5.
GCSE Science 6,6 (with a 6 in Chemistry if taken separately.)
GCSE Maths 6

Useful Supporting Courses

This course links very well with other sciences and is particularly important for students wishing to follow a career in medicine or related fields.


Pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, chemical engineering, material science, veterinary science, biomedical science, water quality chemist, cosmetic chemist, agricultural chemist, biochemistry, forensic science, analytical chemist, optometry, and health care scientist.

Culture Vulture

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Chemistry Culture Vulture

Flying start

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Chemistry Flying Start

Course Overview

Follow the link to see an introduction to the course, identifying what you will study with us in the first few months and what you might already know.

Chemistry Course Overview