A-Level Chemistry Syllabus for GAMSAT Preparation

The GAMSAT Chemistry syllabus is quite exhaustive, and questions might arise as to how to approach it. Most candidates from the non-science background wonder about how much preparation they need to take in terms of Section 3, in which a certain amount of prior knowledge is required.

The GAMSAT Chemistry Syllabus is as follows:



Structure of Atom

General Organic Chemistry

Liquid Solutions


Concepts of Acids-Bases and Oxidation-Reduction

Intermolecular Forces

Volumetric Analysis

Electronic Displacements in Organic molecules

Surface Chemistry

Mechanisms of bond cleavage in organic reactions

Behaviour of Gases

Reaction Intermediates

Chemical Energetics

Classification of reagents

Chemical Kinetics

Types of Organic reactions




Hydrocarbons (alkanes, alkenes and alkynes)

Transition Elements

Aliyclic and Aromatic compounds

Co-ordination Compounds

Arenes (Benzene)

Chemical Bonding

Halogen Derivatives of Hydrocarbons


Amine Derivatives of Hydrocarbons


Compounds containing Oxygen (Alcohols and ethers, Phenols, Aldehydes and ketones, Carboxylic acids, Acid Halides, Acid Anhydride, Acid Amide and Esters




Mono-, Di- and Polysaccharides


Proteins and Amino Acids


Fatty Acids


A student from the science background will not find it difficult to go through the syllabus once more; in fact, you will get a headstart in matters of practice. Some amount of brushing up will be necessary in case you have been out of touch with the given areas for some time. As for the candidate from a non-science background, starting with the A-Level syllabus is an excellent idea.The A-Level syllabus, on the other hand, includes many of the topics covered in GAMSAT, both in General as well as Organic Chemistry. As such, it is advisable that you prepare the syllabus for both the AS and A2 exams; just the AS syllabus will not be sufficient.

Opting for bridging courses is quite common to prepare for the GAMSAT science questions, but it is necessary to keep in mind that conceptual knowledge is what is really required here. As such, there is not really much difference between the candidate from a science background and those who aren’t, although the non-science student will have to start preparing sometime earlier.

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