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Now that you’ve chosen to study Chemistry in more depth, you may be feeling rather unsure about starting your A-Level chemistry course. But do not worry - this guide is designed to help you with the transition to the A-Level course.

Below is a list of topics that you should already be familiar from GCSE but you may need to refresh your memory!


  1. Atomic structure
  2. Bonding
  3. The halogens
  4. Alkanes and alkenes
  5. Chromatography

Your task is to research one of the areas and produce a presentation of your chosen topic.  The way in which you present your ideas is entirely up to you but your presentation should last approximately 5 minutes.  Some examples are….produce a powerpoint….make a model….create an animation….make a video….write a poem…the more creative the better!

Having an awareness of current issues is always useful, especially if you  are considering a    career in chemistry related subjects.  Get into the habit of checking the news, either online, television or  newspapers.  You could also read New Scientist magazine.

Recommended reading:

  • The Disappearing Spoon and Other Extraordinary True Tales from the Periodic Table - Sam Kean
  • Why Chemical Reactions Happen - James Keeler
  • The science of chocolate – S.T. Beckett
  • The chemistry of explosives - Jacqueline Akhavan
  • Maths Skills for A Level Chemistry - Dan McGowan
  • Any ‘Introduction to A level Chemistry books


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