Course Overview

Chemistry is the heartbeat of all science. The engine rooms of mitochondria in biology need chemistry to explain their biological function. The structure and properties of materials in physics can only be explained in terms of bonding and electrons. From the food we eat and the clothes we wear to the cars we drive, chemistry is the building block of life and function.

This A level will provide you with the skills and knowledge to pursue a wide range of degree qualifications at university. Our teaching laboratories are state-of-the-art and we have invested in new instruments and equipment. Chemistry is the essential A level in many science-based courses including medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, chemical engineering, postgraduate research and many more. Job opportunities are also varied as chemistry is applied to so many areas of science-based professional employment. 

So why not pop in or come to one of our Open Days, take a look and talk to our staff who are always approachable and enthusiastic and offer friendly advice.

Course Structure

You will study A total of six Units over two years: 

  • Practical Skills in Chemistry
  • Foundations in Chemistry
  • Periodic Table and Energy
  • Core Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements
  • Organic Chemistry and Analysis.

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at Grade A*-C/9-4 including Grade B/6 in English Language, maths and two sciences (either double award or singles including Chemistry).


On successful completion of the course you will be in a position to progress to: other Further Education study, Higher Education on a range of science-based degrees, employment or a Higher Apprenticeship.

Talk to our A level science tutors about your career plans to see if they think these courses will help you.

How You Will Be Assessed

You will be examined in three theory exams, taken at the end of the second year: 

Paper: 1 - 2hours 15minutes

Paper: 2 - 2hours 15minutes

Paper: 3 - 1hour 30minutes

In addition, you will produce a practical practical portfolio: 

Twelve practical activities, forming the practical endorsement. The endorsement is assessed in-class, not in an exam and is reported separately to your final grade.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Tel: 01274 433043
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 433246.
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 438999
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our FE Registry team.
Tel: 01274 433172
Email: [email protected].