King George V College


Many students initially choose to study chemistry for a career in medicine, veterinary sciences, pharmaceuticals or dentistry but find that they are inspired to pursue chemistry and related science courses at degree. It is also a subject which is valued by university law departments due to the analytical and evaluative skills which are developed by the course.

As well as these skills, you can expect to gain practical experience with a wide range of experimental techniques. The course is split into Physical, Inorganic and Organic chemistry topics which will build on your GCSE knowledge and give you the foundation to make informed decisions about the role of chemistry in everyday life.


Chemistry A level is a very varied course involving:

Physical Chemistry which looks at how atoms interact with each other, why they react with each other and how we can influence this.

Organic Chemistry which looks at the amazing number of useful compounds that contain carbon such as fuels, pharmaceuticals, solvents and plastics

Inorganic Chemistry which looks at all the elements of the periodic table aside from carbon. Their properties and the compounds they form.

It is a very practical based subject and here at KGV we have well equipped laboratories allowing you to develop and demonstrate your analytical and investigative skills through practical experimentation.


An A level in Chemistry is often a requirement of Pharmacy, Geology, Biochemistry, Medicine and Dentistry degrees, but Chemistry is also a well-respected subject amongst the top UK Universities for other degree subjects. Chemistry students develop many skills  prized by universities and employers such as problem solving, numeracy, communication, creativity and data analysis.

A large proportion of KGV Chemists choose to continue studying Chemistry at University or a medical related degree such as Medicine, Dentistry or Pharmacology. Other previous destinations include Chemical Engineering at the University of Leeds, Diagnostic Radiography at Bangor University, Biomedical Science at St Georges University of London and Geoscience at Keele University.

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