Sixth form Chemistry opens up an enormous range of career possibilities, both in and out of science. Horsforth School Chemistry Department aims to engage students with stretching and challenging lessons where the focus is on student learning and enjoyment, as well as academic progress.

What’s it about?

Why study Chemistry?

Entry requirements

What you learn

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Exciting practical opportunities have been embedded throughout the Chemistry A Level. You will get your own lab book to record your observations and data to help you achieve the Practical Endorsement.

Chemistry A Level results at Horsforth School are consistently above the National average (frequently > 40% A*/A). It is one of the most popular A Level courses at Horsforth, with three Y12 classes running per year.

The Course Structure

Year 12 Topics

Foundations in chemistry: atomic structure, bonding and mole calculations.

Periodic table and energy: periodicity, enthalpy changes and reaction rates.

Core organic chemistry: hydrocarbons, alcohols, organic synthesis and analytical techniques.

Year 13 Topics

Physical chemistry and transition elements: reaction rates and equilibrium, pH and buffers, enthalpy, entropy and free energy, redox and electrode potentials and transition elements.

Organic chemistry and analysis: aromatic compounds, carbonyl compounds, carboxylic acids and esters, nitrogen compounds, polymers, organic synthesis, chromatography and spectroscopy (NMR).

Method of Assessment

You will take 3 papers for the A Level course at the end of Year 13. We follow the new OCR Chemistry A specification.

Paper 1 “Periodic Table, Elements and Physical Chemistry” 2hr 15min.
Paper 2 “Synthesis and Analytical Techniques” 2hr 15min.
Paper 3 “Unified Chemistry” 1hr 30min.

The CPAC “Practical Endorsement” is internally assessed.


Please note – if you are opting to study Chemistry and not opting to study A Level Mathematics then we recommend taking level 3 Core Maths as your 4th option (rather than EPQ or Directed Study).

Potential Careers

  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Chemist
  • Doctor
  • Economist
  • Engineer
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Forensics Scientist
  • Lawyer
  • Pharmacologist
  • Vet

 Why Study Chemistry?

 Entry Requirements

Subject Qualification (Level 3) Required GCSE Grades
(in addition to Sixth Form entry requirements)
Additional Information
Chemistry A Level 6+ Chemistry or 7+ Double Science and 6+ Mathematics  

What You Learn

Our Learning Journeys have been created to give you a flavour for the types of topics students study in each year at our school. They show what will be covered throughout the year and during each half-term, but please note there is some flexibility to what is taught when. We hope you find them helpful.