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A level

Whether it is chemical research, biochemistry, agriculture or medicine that interests you, our course enables you to study the relevant chemical theory and develop the necessary practical skills. If you want to fully understand the modern world, are inquisitive about what substances are really made of and enjoy experimental work, then chemistry is for you.

Please note; may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2020 Course Costs.

Course content

Year 1

Your course will begin by looking at the chemistry of elements and an introduction to organic chemistry. You will learn key concepts through studying topics like the extraction of halogens from seawater, atmospheric chemistry and the synthesis and analysis of medicines.

Year 2

You will study the chemical industry, gaining an understanding of equilibria, kinetics, and nitrogen chemistry. You will learn about the structure of proteins, DNA and RNA from a chemical perspective. You will study important physical chemistry in the context of the oceans; calculating pH, buffer solutions, solubility and entropy. You will also investigate the origin of colour and understand dye molecules.


  • 100% exam

Special Features

The content is delivered in ten “chemical storylines” which highlight the relevance of theoretical chemistry to industry, the environment, medicine and current research. We encourage a wider interest in chemistry through enrichment activities and offer the opportunity to study an extended project qualification.

Med Squad

The Long Road Science department has designed our unique Med Squad programme to support students aspiring to study medicine. Joining our bespoke Med Squad programme means our Science department will work with you from the very moment you start studying at Long Road to support you in preparing for medical school applications.

Our Med Squad team will meet with you twice a term to help you organise work experience using our strong links with Addenbrookes Hospital and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. You will also take part in workshops run by University of Cambridge medical students who will guide you in looking at university open days, preparing for the UCAT / BMAT entry assessment tests and working on your UCAS personal statement.

You will meet with current medical students who will mentor you in preparing for medical school interviews and take part in a practice interview session with our Senior Management Team, based on the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) model popular with the majority of UK medical schools.

Entry Requirements

  • At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4 including GCSE English.
  • Grade 6 in higher tier GCSE Maths.
  • Grade 6,6, in higher tier GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science.
  • Grade 6 in at least two GCSE Sciences, including Chemistry, if studied separately.
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