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CHEMISTRY

Course Duration
2 Years

Entry Criteria
GCSE Combined science grade 66 or above OR GCSE Chemistry at grade 6 or above.
GCSE Mathematics at Grade 6 or above.
GCSE English at Grade 5 or above.

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Why study A level Chemistry?

Have you ever wondered…

Study A Level Chemistry B (Salters) to find out the answers.

A Level Chemistry B will give you an exciting insight into the contemporary world of chemistry. It covers a range of different contexts, conveying the excitement of contemporary chemistry. This combination of academic challenge, relevant context and practical focus makes the prospect of studying A level Chemistry B highly appealing. You will learn about chemistry in a range of different contexts and the impact it has on industry and many aspects of everyday life. You will learn to investigate and solve problems in a range of contexts. 

Key features

  • Simple straightforward assessment through examinations.
  •  Based on key contexts relevant to chemistry.
  •  Opportunities to build practical skills through a range of experiments and investigations.

Chemistry B (Salters) takes students on a journey through ten storylines, while introducing chemical concepts in a spiral approach. These storylines engage students through learning in a contemporary context and range from concerns about the ozone layer to the development of new medicines. Development of the practical skills (the first section) underpins the whole of the specification, and covers the practical skills that students should gradually develop with the hands-on work throughout the course. 

What will I study during the course duration?

The course is split into ten teaching modules: Modules 1 to 5 constitute the stand-alone AS Level qualification; Modules 1 to 10, combined with chemical literacy and the Practical Endorsement, constitute the full A Level. Each module is based on one of the storylines and contains a variety of chemical ideas, which form the basis of the specification.

The practical skills in this module can be assessed within written examinations and (for A Level only) within the Practical Endorsement.

  • Module 1: Elements of life
  • Module 2: Developing Fuels
  • Module 3: Elements from the Sea
  • Module 4: Ozone Story
  • Module 5: What’s in a Medicine
  • Module 6: Chemical Industry
  • Module 7: Polymers and Life
  • Module 8: Oceans
  • Module 9: Developing Metals
  • Module 10: Colour by Design

How will I be assessed?

There are four components that students must complete: 

  • Fundamentals of chemistry (01) – 2 hour 15 minute paper 
  • Scientific literacy in chemistry (02) – 2 hour 15 minute paper 
  • Practical skills in chemistry (03) – 1 hour 30 minute paper 
  • Practical endorsement in chemistry (04) – a non-exam assessment

Career opportunities and Future study

A level Chemistry can lead to University, employment, L4 higher apprenticeships.

A Level Chemistry B is an excellent base for a university degree in healthcare such as medicine, pharmacy and dentistry as well chemistry, the biological sciences, physics, mathematics, pharmacology and analytical chemistry. Chemistry is also taken by many law applicants as it shows you can cope with difficult concepts. Chemistry can also complement a number of arts subjects.

A range of career opportunities including chemical, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries and in areas such as forensics, environmental protection and healthcare. The problem solving skills are useful for many other areas, too, such as law and finance