Chemistry A-Level

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What is Chemistry?

Imagine a world without anaesthetics, detergents, painkillers, dyes for fabrics, shampoo, antioxidants in jams and fruit squashes, PVC insulation for copper electrical wiring, bleaches, fuels, insecticides…. unthinkable and undesirable in equal measure. At David Game College Liverpool, our approach to the teaching of Chemistry is to present it as a dynamic, exciting and intellectually stimulating subject, whilst at all times paying full attention to the demands of the relevant examination specifications.

Students study Chemistry to Advanced Level in order to gain entry to careers in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and many other fields not involving Chemistry directly, but in which students benefit from having been exposed to the intellectual discipline and logic of the subject.

We combine the best aspects of traditional and modern approaches; for example, our A-level one-year intensive courses are enhanced by numerous teacher demonstrations which are in addition to the hands-on practical work which is undertaken by the student. Chemistry – like classical music – is an acquired taste and it is our belief that successful, fulfilled students of the subject are those who enjoy their Chemistry rather than endure it.

We make the maximum possible use of past paper questions as the basis for worked examples, regular written homework assignments and, most important of all, timed tests which are staged every two to three weeks. In addition, full-scale trial examinations are set at the appropriate times of the academic year.


What subjects combine with Chemistry?

Biology, Physics and Mathematics.


Chemistry A-Level Course Structure

AS / A level

The new AS and A levels in Chemistry are stand-alone linear qualifications, where marks gained at AS level do not contribute to the final A level grade in any shape or form. Hence the concept of A2 disappears completely.

The new AS level examination in Chemistry will comprise two written papers; Papers 1 and 2 will each consist of a mixture of multiple choice (minimum 10, maximum 15 questions per paper), and structured questions; the A level will involve three papers – all featuring a mixture of multiple choice questions and structured questions demanding both short and extended answers, plus questions specifically designed to test familiarity with and understanding of laboratory questions.

AS level (subject code 8CH0) : first examination May / June
Paper 1        (8CH0/01)   Core Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
1 hr 30 min  50% of the total marks available

Paper 2        (8CH0/02)   Core Organic and Physical Chemistry
1 hr 30 min  50% of the total marks available

A level (subject code  9CH0) : first examination May / June
Paper 1        (9CH0/01)   Advanced Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
1 hr 45 min  30% of the total marks available

Paper 2        (9CH0/02)   Advanced Organic and Physical Chemistry
1 hr 45 min   30% of the total marks available

Paper 3        (9CH0/03)   General & Practical Principles in Chemistry
2 hr 30 min  40% of the total marks available

The Chemistry A level will feature many topics covered in the AS, only to a far greater depth. Examples: chemical kinetics and chemical equilibrium are qualitatively at AS level and quantitatively at A-level.

The new A level (but not AS) specification in Chemistry makes direct references to 12 “core practicals” that candidates will be expected to carry out – many of the new-style written questions will assume familiarity with the core practicals. Having said that, it would also be difficult to answer some of the questions at AS level with no exposure to practical work and/or carefully selected teacher demonstrations, and this is an issue that our teaching style addresses.

If you’d like to study Chemistry A Level here at David Game College Liverpool, please complete the enquiry form below or email for more information.