AS and A2 Chemistry

Exam Board
Entry requirements
Grade 6 or above in Chemistry or Grade 6 or above in 2 of either Core, Additional or Further Science. 
What will I study?
AS Core Units
Developing Fuels
Elements from the Sea
Elements of Life
Ozone Story
What’s in a Medicine?
A2 Core Units
Colour by Design
Developing Metals
Polymers and Life
The Chemical Industry
Paper 1 Fundamentals of Chemistry - 2 hrs 15 min, worth 41%
Paper 2 Scientific literacy in Chemistry 2 hrs 15 min, worth 37%
Practical skills in Chemistry1 hr 30 min, worth 22%
Practical endorsement (non-exam assessment)
What skills will I gain?
Chemistry B (Salters) was first examined in 1992 as a new concept project examination. In contrast to the traditional ‘topic-based’ approach, Chemistry B (Salters) is ‘context-led’. Chemical concepts are introduced within a relevant context, the course being written as a series of teaching modules based on contemporary issues in chemistry. You will study the chemistry in a spiral way so that chemical ideas, introduced in an early topic, are reinforced later. The ‘drip-feed’ approach to teaching and learning chemical principles allows candidates to revisit a particular topic several times during the course, each time taking you’re knowledge and understanding a step further.
Chemistry B (Salters) builds upon concepts, mathematical, literacy and investigations skills developed at GCSE and it is particularly suitable for students who have the skills and knowledge associated with a GCSE Additional Science course or equivalent.
Studying beyond the classroom
We have some excellent opportunities with our Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) links with groups of students going to Germany for 2 weeks to develop their knowledge and understanding of how we can help to reduce climate change. This has led to STEM clubs being set up within the college.
Future pathways
Students who study A-level Chemistry may go on to a Chemistry-related degree course or secure employment in a variety of fields including;
• Analytical chemist
• Chemical engineer
• Healthcare scientist, clinical biochemistry
• Forensic scientist
• Pharmacologist
• Research scientist (physical sciences)
• Toxicologist