We follow Chemistry B (Salters) (OCR)

  • UNIT 1: Theory: 30% of AS
  • UNIT 2: Theory: 50% of AS
  • UNIT 3: Practical 20% of AS
  • UNIT 4: Theory: 15% of A2
  • UNIT 5: Theory: 20% of A2
  • UNIT 6: Practical: 15% of A2

Course aims:

Chemistry is the study of the properties and reactions of substances. As in all sciences, practical work is an important element. This course provides a very up-to-date look at recent developments in the chemical world. It is well supported by many practicals, promoting a hands-on approach to the subject. Students taking this course should have a genuine interest in the world and the changes taking place all around us.

Entry requirements:

A minimum of a grade B at GCSE in both Chemistry and Maths is expected, however a grade A in both subjects is preferable.

Key features:

The course incorporates as much practical as possible where relevant and in a dedicated A Level laboratory in which the students are encouraged to come and work. AS areas of Chemistry include topics covering Fuels and their advancement into the future; Polymers a fast developing areas which is making technological breakthroughs. Other areas include: “Where do the Elements come from?” and “What’s in the Atmosphere?”

At A2 Drugs, Designer Polymers, Proteins, Colour and the Oceans are all covered. All areas of the course encourage students to think for themselves and apply their knowledge in a number of different ways.

Higher Education:

Engineering – many disciplines of Engineering like students to have Chemistry at A Level. Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Sciences – Chemistry is a compulsory A Level and a high grade is required. Chemistry still remains one of the most rigorous and academic A Levels and success will help in a wide variety of careers including those not necessarily science-based.