Chemistry (A-Level)

Studying A-level Chemistry at UTC South Durham gives you the in-depth knowledge needed should you wish to continue your studies further, and helps you to develop the vital practical and problem solving skills which will be essential in whatever career path you should choose to take.

Throughout the course, you will study:

  • Physical chemistry (atomic structure, bonding, kinetics, equilibrium, energetics, thermodynamics, acids and bases)
  • Inorganic chemistry (trends in the periodic table, transition metal chemistry, reactions of ions in aqueous solution and properties of period 3 elements)
  • Organic chemistry (alkanes, haloalkanes, alkenes and alcohols. In addition to analytical techniques, optical isomerism and reactions for a range of organic substances, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and chromatography)

At UTC South Durham, our state of the art equipment will allow you to use practical work to support theoretical content. Where it is not feasible for us to have our own equipment or resources, we are able to utilise the facilities and expertise of our Business Partners and University links.

The A-Level Chemistry specification can be found here.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE grade 6+ in maths and chemistry or
  • GCSE grade 6+  in maths, science and additional science
  • Strong performance in exams over coursework is an advantage
  • We recommend that you study Chemistry alongside a Level 3 Maths course (A-Level or Core Maths)


Completing A-Level Chemistry will help you if you wish to pursue a career in Chemical or Biochemical Engineering, in medical disciplines, or in the field of Forensic Science. At UTC, the subject content is delivered in a way which makes it relevant to real world experiences. 

More information on careers in Chemistry can be found here.

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