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Why study Chemistry?

A Level Chemistry is essential for those students wishing to pursue a career in Medicine, Pharmacy, Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Medicine. Due to its development of practical and problem solving skills it is also considered a desirable A Level to have for many other university courses. Students will learn the importance of Chemistry, how it is used as well as what a Chemist does.

What will I study?

The science department at HSC works closely with the UCL (University City College London) Outreach programme. This has involved students attending lectures at UCL in the past, this year students went to seminars at the university where they had the chance to work with undergraduates and use equipment that would not be available to them in school.


AS Level

Consists of 3 sections:

Section 1: Physical Chemistry 1 
Section 2: Inorganic Chemistry 1
Section 3: Organic Chemistry 1

A2 Level

Consists of 3 further sections:

Section 1: Physical Chemistry 2
Section 2: Inorganic Chemistry 2
Section 3: Organic Chemistry 2


How is the course assessed?

In AS Chemistry the assessment consists of two written exam papers at the end of year 12. Both papers are worth 50% of the AS qualification and cover the contents of sections 1-3 and relevant practical skills.

In A-level Chemistry the assessment consists of three written exams at the end of Y13. Weighting is as follows: Papers 1 – 35%, paper 2 – 35%, paper 3 – 30%

AS and A-level chemistry courses will be taught in tandem in Year 12.

Practical skills will be based on practical activities taught throughout the A2 course and students will be also awarded a practical accreditation based on their completion of 12 practical activities over the two years covering 5 competencies.  

What grades do I need to study Chemistry at HSC?

As well as a love of science and an inquisitive mind you will require at least a B grade in Science GCSE Core with additional B grade in Maths and C grade in English.