Chemistry A-level

2 years
South Sefton Campus

Course Details

With a competitive job market, it is important that you have qualifications that make you stand out to prospective employers and having a qualification in Chemistry will do this.

Chemistry provides you with many transferable skills including problem solving and logical thinking.

This course is split into 3 main areas of Chemistry; organic, inorganic and physical. You will study all three areas in the first year, which includes topics such as: atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, periodicity, energetics, kinetics, equilibria, group 2 and 7, alcohols and organic chemistry.

In Year 2, you will cover the topics in more depth along with transition metals, acids and bases, spectroscopy, polymers and redox equilibra. There is a big emphasis on practical work throughout both years, with the practical element being assessed throughout the written examinations.

If you intend to study a programme of three A-level subjects or two A-level subjects and one BTEC Extended Certificate subject:

  • You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 4 or above including English Language and Maths. If you haven’t achieved a grade 4 in GCSE Maths, there may be an opportunity to re-sit this alongside your other subjects.

Additional entry requirements:

  • You must have achieved at least a grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry or 6/6 in GCSE Dual Science.
  • You must also have achieved at least a grade 6 in GCSE Maths.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

AQA A-level Chemistry (7405)
  • Examination – Paper 1
  • A-level (35%) 2 hours
  • Examination – Paper 2
  • A-level (35%) 2 hours
  • Examination – Paper 3
  • A-level (30%) 2 hours
  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment
With a Chemistry degree there are plenty of employment opportunities. Careers include medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, pharmacology, molecular biologist, environmental chemist and forensic chemist. Chemistry graduates in the UK earn around 30% more than someone with A-levels and no degree.


University Guarantee

Every Hugh Baird College student who successfuly achieves a Level 3 qualification and meets attendance and entry requirements, is guaranteed a place on a course at the Hugh Baird University Centre.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

As an A-level student you will be based at our South Sefton Campus. This is a multi-million pound campus for dedicated to A-levels and was opened in 2009.

You will take three subjects over two years.

We offer a small number of BTEC courses at South Sefton Campus. You can study one BTEC course alongside your two A-levels.

It is not expected that a student would attend both sites, but the feasibility of this would be discussed on an individual basis. Potential timetable clashes and workload would need to be considered in detail for this to be a possibility.