Course Overview

Everyone enjoys seeing amazing chemical reactions such as firework displays but to understand how they work you have to use your brain and imagination. Chemistry is the study of reactions at molecular level. 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. Chemists interpret what we see so that we can model what happens at the atomic and sub-atomic level.

A Level Chemistry is essential for medicine and many other related degree courses as graduates are sought after to work in a wide range of jobs. The skills learnt are transferable to other situations as you learn to be organised, think logically and present ideas clearly.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs (with two at grade 6, and three at grade 4), including at least 2 6s in Science.
GCSE English at  a minimum of grade 4. GCSE Maths at a minimum of grade 6.


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 Chemistry at A Level is a compulsory requirement.

Course Guide
Course Outline

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.   Chemistry is a good subject to study alongside Biology, Physics, Maths and Psychology.

Six modules to study over 2 years:
Unit 01: Development of practical skills in Chemistry
Unit 02: Foundations in Chemistry
Unit 03: Periodic Table and Energy
Unit 04: Core Organic Chemistry
Unit 05: Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements
Unit 06: Organic Chemistry and Analysis

You will be assessed by a variety of methods  over 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

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“I have done Chemistry A Level at Cadbury College and it has been a walk in the park with the lovely teachers who help out in every way possible towards achieving an excellent grade.”

Isheanesu Violet Sibanda

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 College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places on offer a reserve list will be opened.

What are the costs to study at Cadbury 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 after GCSE Results are announced. It is usually at the end of August into the beginning of September, with all students being on timetable by the end of the first week of September. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. The enrolment appointment will take between 1 and 2 hours.

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