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What A-levels do you need to study chemistry?

Keen on a chemistry career? Find out what A-level subjects you should be mixing to make your science degree become a solid matter.

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In most cases, an A-level in chemistry is essential, although a handful may accept you with any science subject.

A-level subjects for chemistry

What A-level subjects are needed or essential for chemistry?  

  • chemistry
  • maths (sometimes)

Most courses require chemistry and would like maths and one other science subject (eg physics, biology).

Learn more about university entry requirements and what universities look at when deciding whether to offer you a place.


What A-levels are useful for chemistry?

  • maths
  • biology
  • physics

Other typical A-levels taken by current chemistry students

  • general studies

Not sure where your A-levels can take you? Enter your subjects into our A-level Explorer tool and see...

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    Examples of chemistry degree requirements

    Below are a range of chemistry courses offered by different universities and the A-level entry requirements they ask for (as of 7 June 2018):

    University of Lincoln: 'B,B,B. To include grade B from A Level Chemistry.'

    University of Leeds: ‘ABB including Chemistry. Where an A-Level Science subject is taken, we require a pass in the practical science element, alongside the achievement of the A-Level at the stated grade. Excludes A-Level General Studies or Critical Thinking’.

    University of South Wales: ‘B,C,C-C,D,D. To include Chemistry and normally one other Science. General Studies is not accepted. The A Level entry criteria detailed is the qualification range within which the University will normally make offers. Most offers we make are normally at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer.’

    Search for more degree courses here to see entry requirements, student satisfaction ratings, graduate stats and more.

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    Other similar degree subjects

    Even similar subjects may have slightly different A-level requirements to chemistry; so if you want to keep your degree options open, be sure to check the entry requirements of specific courses before you finalise your choices.

    Learn more about studying chemistry at degree-level or start browsing courses now.

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