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Nottingham Academy

A Level Chemistry

Entry Requirements 

Science Grade 6 

English Grade 6

Maths Grade 6 

Taught by Mr Lewis and Mr Yusef 

What is Chemistry? 

Chemistry is a physical science – the study of the properties and interactions between matter and energy. In other words, chemistry is a way to study the properties, characteristics, and physical changes of matter. Chemistry also has a huge number of applications, including treating diseases with targeted drugs, maximising our use of natural resources, and developing new materials. 


Year One

Over the course of the year you will study the following areas to give you a strong foundation in A-Level Chemistry:

Module 1:        Development of Practical Skills in Chemistry.

Module 2:       Foundations in Chemistry.

Module 3:       Periodic Table and Energy.

Module 4:       Core Organic Chemistry

Year Two

The second year of the course builds on the first year and develops the concepts you learned in the first year.

Module 1:        Development of Practical Skills in Chemistry (continued).

Module 5:       Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements.

Module 6:       Organic Chemistry and Analysis.


Paper 1

“Periodic Table, Elements and Physical Chemistry” (37%).

The first exam is 2h 15 min and will cover content from modules 1, 2, 3 and 5.

Paper 2

“Synthesis and Analytical Techniques” (37%).

The second exam is 2h 15 mins and will cover content from modules: 1, 2, 4 and 6.

Paper 3:

“Unified Chemistry” (26%).

The final exam paper is 1h 30 mins and will cover content from all six modules.

Practical Endorsement for Chemistry (PAGS)

The coursework component of the course is reported separately to the A Level grade as either a ‘pass’ or ‘fail’. You will be expected to complete 12 practical activities.


  1. Moles determination
  2. Acid–base titration
  3. Enthalpy determination
  4. Qualitative analysis of ions
  5. Synthesis of an organic liquid
  6. Synthesis of an organic solid
  7. Qualitative analysis of organic functional groups
  8. Electrochemical cells
  9. Rates of reaction –continuous monitoring method
  10. Rates of reaction –initial rates method
  11. pH measurement
  12. Research skills

Chemistry touches many other fields. It makes a major contributions to agriculture, biochemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental sciences and many others.

Kirral Singh, Chemistry fun days