Curriculum – KS5 Chemistry

Examination Board:

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Course Content

  • Topic 1: Atomic structure and the Periodic Table
  • Topic 2: Bonding and Structure
  • Topic 3: Redox I
  • Topic 4: Inorganic Chemistry and the Periodic Table
  • Topic 5: Formulae, Equations and Amounts of Substance
  • Topic 6: Organic Chemistry I
  • Topic 7: Modern Analytical Techniques I
  • Topic 8: Energetics I
  • Topic 9: Kinetics I
  • Topic 10: Equilibrium I
  • Topic 11: Equilibrium II
  • Topic 12: Acid-base Equilibria
  • Topic 13: Energetics II
  • Topic 14: Redox II
  • Topic 15: Transition Metals
  • Topic 16: Kinetics II
  • Topic 17: Organic Chemistry II
  • Topic 18: Organic Chemistry III
  • Topic 19: Modern Analytical Techniques II


Paper 1: Topics 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10 and Topics 11–15
1hour 45mins, 90 marks, 30%

Paper 2: Topics 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9 and Topics 16–19
1hour 45mins, 90 marks, 30%

Paper 3: 2hours 30mins, 120 marks, 40%

Practicals: Practical skills no longer contribute extra marks to the overall grade, but will be examined within each exam paper.

Skills Gained from Taking this Course

The skills gained in this course are many and varied.

Students will:

  • Develop excellent practical skills, and will learn to carry out tasks to a high level of accuracy and precision.
  • Develop their ability to use and understand logical argument.
  • Gain a better understanding of how the world works and how they can make an impact on the issues affecting them.
  • Develop their data handling and mathematical skills and practise applying numerical principles to different situations.

St Marylebone Entry Requirements

To gain entry into the sixth form at St Marylebone School, students must gain a minimum of five 9-6 grades at GCSE and a 5 grade in English and Maths GCSE.

Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Combined Science students: A Grade 7 in Combined Science.
Separate Sciences: Grade 7 in GCSE single science Chemistry.

All students must also gain Maths at grade 7.

Entry Suggestions

The qualification builds on the knowledge, understanding and practical skills that you gain in GCSE Science and GCSE Additional Science, especially key concepts such as bonding.

It is beneficial to study maths alongside this course due to the mathematical content involved throughout.

You must be motivated and willing to work hard if you are to achieve your potential in what is considered one of the most academically challenging A-level courses.

If you are considering studying chemistry beyond A Level, it is a requirement by some universities to have studied maths A Level also.

If you are made an offer, you will be expected to complete the following before your first lesson in September:

You definitely will need to recap the Chemistry work completed at GCSE before beginning the A level course in September. You may want to use your GCSE revision guides for this or the CGP book ‘Head start to A Level Chemistry’ booklet ISBN 978-1782942801 is very good. There will be a Chemistry test at the very beginning of the course to make sure you are fully confident with the GCSE content.

Resources Needed for this Course:

Edexcel A Level Chemistry Student book 1 and 2, published by Hodder Education