St Bees School



Specific Entry Requirements 

You will be expected to have achieved at least a Level 5 in Chemistry or Combined Science IGCSE/GCSE.

Course Modules 

  • Atoms and forces
  • Experiments and evidence
  • Patterns in chemical behaviour and reactions
  • Chemical bonds
  • Energy changes

How You Will Be Assessed 

AS Chemistry is assessed by three external examinations.

Paper 1 - Multiple Choice, 15.5% of the overall grade.
Paper 2 - AS Level Structured Questions, 23% of the overall grade.
Paper 3 - Advanced Practical Skills, 11.5% of the overall grade.

A Level Chemistry is assessed by two more papers which are based on content from the whole two years.

Paper 4 - A Level Structured Questions, 38.5 % of the overall grade.
Paper 5 - Planning, Analysis and Evaluation, 11.5% of the overall grade.

University Courses and Career Paths 

An A Level in Cambridge International Chemistry can take you anywhere in the world and is accepted as equivalent, grade for grade, to UK AS & A Levels by leading universities worldwide.

We encourage all of our learners to develop a set of transferable skills that opens more doors than a narrowing of subjects closes.

This means that with an A Level in chemistry you can progress into fields such as medicine, veterinary science, biological science, engineering, geology and many more.