Bolton School Senior Girls


Years 7-8 (KS3) and Years 9-11 (KS4) are as outlined under "Science".

Advanced Level


To develop a knowledge and understanding of the concepts of Chemistry and the skills needed to use them in new and changing situations.
To sustain and develop your enjoyment of, and interest in, Chemistry.
To develop an understanding of the link between theory and experiment.
To be aware of how advances in Information Technology and instrumentation can be used in Chemistry.
To recognise the value of Chemistry to society and how it may be used responsibly.

What will I study?

All girls will have the opportunity to take AS and A2 in this subject.

The content of the A Level builds on GCSE topics such as atomic structure, amount of substance and bonding, as well as introducing new areas such as organic mechanisms, redox equations and instrumental methods. You will learn about the patterns and principles which help us to understand the complex world of chemicals and their reactions.

How will I be assessed?

Currently the AQA specification is studied for A Level. There will be three 2 hour papers at the end of Year 13, covering all the content studied in both Year 12 and Year 13. Compulsory practical tasks will be integrated into the course and the content of these tasks will be examined in the three written papers. There will be a practical skills endorsement as part of the A level. At AS level there will be two 1½ hour papers at the end of Year 12 covering all the topics studied in Year 12, including questions on practical work.

Desirable requirements

An enjoyment of and an interest in Chemistry.  A minimum of a Grade 7 in Chemistry and in Combined Science (Trilogy or Synergy) Grade 7-7.  N.B. Any candidate who has taken the Combined Science Award at GCSE, should discuss taking AS with the Head of Chemistry before a firm decision to opt for Chemistry is made.  Studying Mathematics at A Level is highly desirable and recommended.

How will I study?

Practical work will be related to the theoretical work covered in lessons.  You will be encouraged to use a variety of text and ICT materials so that you can learn independently as well as in class. Your homework will be designed to help you consolidate and extend the work done in lessons.

Where will it lead?

Many academic institutions, industrial organisations and professions appreciate the attitudes and skills gained during an A Level course in Chemistry. A Level Chemistry is a highly respected A level, which teaches you to be methodical, logical and analytical. It is a welcomed A Level for courses in Accountancy, and Finance and Law. It can really lead you anywhere.

Chemistry at A Level is an essential requirement for further studies in Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacology, Pharmacy and Veterinary Science.  Chemistry also combines well at Advanced Level with Biology, Food Technology, Geography, Physics, Mathematics and Textile Technology.


“This year I am currently studying Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Latin. The subject of particular interest to me is Chemistry and I have loved learning the more complicated topics in this subject. As an aspiring medic it is always interesting to challenge myself and Chemistry is a subject which really tests my ability, not only to learn but also to apply my knowledge. My favourite part of this subject is learning about the nomenclature of certain substances, as this is a particular difficult aspect of the course. Overall, the experiments and required practicals this year have been the most exciting, as we were allowed to carry out more experiments individually and independently. Our classes are small and I think this has been truly beneficial as it allowed more one-on-one time with my teachers to ask about any specific problems. The teachers have been extremely supportive and I intend to carry on with this subject into the following year and continue challenging myself.”


ChemQuiz Winners proudly show off their trophy

ChemQuiz Winners proudly show off their trophy

Girls Division Chemistry class
Girls Division Chemistry students in classroom