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Extended Reading


One of the best ways you stand out during your Sixth Form studies is through the amount of independent study you undertake outside of the classroom. Regardless of your future plans, the ability to extend yourself and research independently into your interests is an invaluable skill – this will support your university applications and/or future job applications and interviews. All universities expect more than just classroom knowledge, which is where super-curricular activities come in; these are academic enrichment tasks that show you are interested in your studies beyond what is on the school syllabus. “


  • Additional academic reading for those looking at stretch and challenge / taking chemistry later: Eileen Ramsden: A-Level Chemistry – Core Text Fourth Edition
  • Goldacre, Ben. Bad science
  • Atkins, P. W. (Peter)   The periodic kingdom – a journey into the land of the chemical elements

Useful websites: 

  • Catalyst, a science magazine for students aged 14-19
  • Resources for students collated by Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Chemistry World magazine
  • ChemNet society – online subscription available to students for free, offer opportunities and events for a level students
  • New Scientist
  • The Periodic Table videos from the University of Nottingham
  • AS/A level resources from the University of Liverpool
  • Animations of organic reactions mechanisms