The material world is full of wonders: the beautiful faceting of crystals, the striking colour of pigments and even something as everyday as water is brimming with intrigue. And the more you understand what’s behind these phenomena, the wonder just multiplies. Chemistry also underpins so many advances in our contemporary world. If you study A-level you will delve into the structure of matter at the sub-atomic level and learn how the raw materials we have been given on Earth can be transformed into products that can alleviate suffering and improve quality of life. At the same time you will develop the skills needed to make a contribution to this effort in the future. As the central science, Chemistry offers a sweet balance between the precise logic of mathematics, more nuanced written explanations, pattern recognition and creativity in organic synthesis, secondary research and hands-on experimentation in the lab. We would love you to join the journey!