Curriculum Intent

In Science, our curriculum intent is:

  • To deliver an engaging and challenging curriculum, which enables students to reach their maximum potential by building upon and developing their scientific knowledge, working scientifically and mathematical skills
  • To make connections between science and Catholicity, and science within local and wider contexts

Course Overview

The course is divided into physical chemistry, organic chemistry and inorganic chemistry.

In your first year, you will study atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics, equilibria, redox reactions, alkanes, halogenoalkanes, alkenes, alcohols, organic analysis, periodicity.

The second-year course will centre around thermodynamics, rate equations, equilibrium constants, electrochemical cell, acids and bases, Period 3, transition metals, reactions of ions in aqueous solutions, isomerism, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and more.


35% – Written Exam 1

35% – Written Exam 2

30% Written Exam 3

Exam Board Information

AS and A-level Chemistry

Reading List


Richard Feynman: The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

Mark Miadownik: Stuff Matters, Exploring the Marvelous Materials that Shape our Man Made World

Hugh Aldersey-Williams: Periodic Tales

John Emsley: Nature’s Building Blocks, An A-Z Guide to the Elements

Sam Kean: The Disappearing Spoon

Oliver Sachs: Uncle Tungsten

John Emsley: The Shocking History of Phosphorus: A Biography of the Devil’s Element



Periodic Table of Videos by Martyn Poliakoff –

Royal Society of Chemistry –

Institution of Chemical Engineers –

Future Steps

A level Chemistry is seen as a challenging, academic and rigorous A level that will impress a lot of universities and employers.

Each year more students are studying science subjects as they realise that science degrees generally lead on to higher incomes.

A level Chemistry is a must for degrees in medicine, veterinary science and dentistry and can open up a range of careers and higher education courses in optometry, physiotherapy, pharmaceutical sciences, forensic science, biomedical and biological sciences.